Rachel S. Gross is an assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado Denver where she teaches U.S. environmental, business, and public history and is at work on a book, Buckskin to Gore-Tex: The Outdoor Industry in American History. She was editor of Wisconsin 101 in 2017 while a graduate student at UW-Madison.
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Old Abe began his career as a real, live eagle, serving as a mascot during the Civil War. In the decades that followed, the Grand Army of the Republic brought the bird on tours around the country. In the many years since Old Abe’s death in 1881, different groups of people continued to use the bird’s image for their own various purposes.