Your article on 25 Amazing Animals (July 11-18) could have included Wisconsin's war eagle, Old Abe. In the Civil War, the Eighth Wisconsin Army regiment became nationally known because of its unusual bald-eagle mascot. Old Abe was carried on a special perch, next to the regimental colors. He attracted attention in parades and on the battlefield, where he might be seen soaring above the smoke, his shrieks mixing with those of screaming shells and bullets. A favorite target of Confederate soldiers, Old Abe lost some feathers, but he was never wounded. He not only survived the war but also served the Union veterans as a symbol of their victory. When he died in 1881, Old Abe was as famous as many generals and heroes of the Civil War.
Bud Gussel, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.