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Photo of dog collar from Sullivan Museum collection.

Photo of dog collar from Sullivan Museum collection.

Accession # NU 286     Dog Collar

The silver plate on this leather dog collar reads: OLD ABE.

It belonged to a mastiff dog that was kept as a pet by the officers of the 12th Vermont Infantry Regiment. Old Abe was supposedly killed by a bullet at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, but this has not been confirmed.

The 12th Vermont was on guard duty and not actively engaged during the battle.

The collar was donated to Norwich University  by Hon. Urban Woodbury, a Civil War veteran and governor of Vermont, 1894-1896.

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