The Greenpoint Monitor Museum "Road Show"
St. Cecilia School
February 28, 2006
ST. CECILIA SCHOOL
WELCOME FROM THE FOURTH GRADE.
Old Abe the Eagle.
OLD ABE WAS THE SYMBOL OF WHAT THE UNION SOLDIERS
WERE FIGHTING FOR. HE BECAME THE EMBLEM OF
Old Abe's mother was killed. He was then
sold to a family as a pet for their children. As a teenage
like eagle, he became a problem and was sold for $2.50 to the Eight
Wisconsin Volunteers as a mascot. Old Abe arrived in
Madison Wisconsin with his Civil War regiment. As they marched
to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy, Old Abe grabbed at the
end of the flag with his beak and flapped his wings. Everyone
was impressed by this majestic sight.
Old Abe became an orphan when Old Abe's mother was killed.
After the war, Old Abe participated in parades with the
Civil War Veterans. Old Abe helped the Veterans
collect money to care for the Civil War orphans
whose fathers were killed during the War.
When it was discovered that Old Abe was really a "GIRL"
bird in 1889, Old Abe also helped in the women's rights movement.
Lithograph by Don Troiani - "Eagle of the Eighth".
Old Abe took part in 37 battles next to the flag
as shown in this lithograph.
Lithograph of "Sallie" by Greg Stump.
"SALLIE" was a Union Mascot. She was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
She went to battle with the Union's 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Army.
Sallie was at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
with her fallen comrades licking the wounds of the injured and
standing watch over them. Sallie kept watch over her friends
for three days without food or water.
There is a statue in honor of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry
and "Sallie" on the Gettysburg Battlefield.
The Confederate regiment called the Richmond Howitzers found
their mascot as a puppy when he wandered into the summer fighting
around Richmond, Virginia. They named him "Stonewall" after
the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Stonewall was a
Jack Russell Terrier. The troops would hide him in an empty
ammunition chest whenever they were under fire because
Stonewall would jump up and down in the line of fire. During
roll call Stonewall would sit with a pipe in his teeth. He made
the men laugh. This was important during the terrible times of war.
Click on the pictures below.
VISIT YOUR FRIENDS AT THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS:
P.S. 110 - Learn About the USS Monitor
P.S. 161M - Learn About General Ulysses S. Grant
St. Stanislaus Kostka School - Learn About Gen. Wladimir Krzyzanowski (a Polish immigrant)
John Ericsson Junior High School - Learn About John Ericsson (a Swedish immigrant)
P.S. 34 - Learn About the Discovery of the USS Monitor
St. Cecilia School - Learn about Civil War Mascots
P.S. 31 - Learn about the Vivandiere, French Mary (a French immigrant)
St. Anthony of Padua School - Learn about Zouaves
P.S. 84 - Learn about Johnny Clem, children in the Civil War
P.S. 196 - Learn about the 54th Massachusetts & the Black soldiers of the Civil War
The Museum is not-for-profit with 501(c)(3) status.
FUNDING FOR THE 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007 "Road Shows" WAS PROVIDED BY THE
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Through a $50,000 Grant obtained by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
THE GREENPOINT MONITOR MUSEUM
P.O. Box 220378
Brooklyn, New York 11222-0378