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Though many Civil War veterans came to settle in the Butternut, Park Falls area, none has become more recognizable as 'Old Abe', the Eighth Wisconsin Infantry mascot. Old Abe was citizen of the area and served with honor.

Old Abe was picked out of his nest by a Lac du Flambeau Chippewa named Chief Sky in 1861. He traded the eagle to a locale settler for a bushel of corn. When war broke out, Captain John E. Perkins purchased the bird and brought him to Camp Randall, near Madison. A training group, called the Eau Claire Eagles, became Company C. of the Eight Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers. Old Abe engaged with the gallant soldiers in many battles (including Gettysburg), flapping his wings and screeching as each battle rage on. These screeches gave way to cheering from the Union soldiers on to victory.

Upon the end of the war, Old Abe was turned over to the state of Wisconsin and was officially dubbed 'War Relic No. 1'. He became a Madison resident and fed upon the Capital's rodents and handouts. Retirement was not in mind for Old Abe since he spent the rest of his days participating in fundraisers, parades, and autograph photos by the peck of his beak. P. T. Barnum was so impress he offered $20,000 to purchase the famous bird, but no politician would give in if he chose to keep his job. In February 1881, Old Abe died of smoke inhalation by a storeroom fire where he was caged. The skin was saved in remembrance of Park Fall's most famous Civil War veteran. But in 1904 a fire broke out in the Capital building where Old Abe rested, was destroyed forever. His lasting image is solidified in his statue in City Hall Park in Park Falls. His head is lowered in remembrance of all soldiers who have fallen.
 Jno. (John) Ledger
 Jno. (John) Duesler
 Sgt. F. A. Richter
 Jas. (James) H. Smart
 Jacob Elmer
 Sgt. Adam Schnur
 Sgt. Fred'k Miladofski
 Sgt. Sylvester Hayden
 Jno. (John) Meyers
 Wm. (William) J. Baatz
 And'w Zinzli
 Capt. J. J. Matzger
 Lt. Jasper Johnson




William F. Turner
Jerome W. Naylor
Judson Noble
Wm. H. Richards

Nelson Meyers
J. W. Davis

Albanus K. Heath

Nola Cemetery, Park Falls, Wisconsin
Union Cemetery, Butternut, Wisconsin
7 Wis. L. A.
Co. G,
Co. A, INJ. L. A.
Co. C,
Co. F, 9th Wis. Inf.
Co. E, 24th Wis. Inf.
Co. C, 38th N.Y. Inf.
Co. I, 1st. Wis. Inf.
Co. I,
Co. I,
Co. B, 45th Wis. Inf.
Co. C,
Co. D, 31 Ill.Inf.
Co. F, 44th Wis. Inf.
1843 - 1921
Co. I, 3rd Wis. Cav.
Co. I, 60th N. Y. Inf. 1843 - 1915
Co. H, 90th V.C 1846 - 1916
Co. H,
Co. D, 86th N. Y. Inf.
20th N. Y. 8/4/1845 - 1/22/1906
Co. E, 7th Rgt., N.Y. Artillery
Co. E, 185th Ohio (Spanish Am War)
26th Wis. Inf.
26th Wis. Inf.
26th Wis. Inf.
Justin Miller
Sgt. Henry Gropp
Charles Wells
47th Ohio Inf.
76th Ohio Inf.
4th Wis.Inf.