Confederates quickly learned of the eagle and, upon seeing Old Abe along Union lines, a General offered a bounty on the bird—dead or alive.
Old Abe was shot again during the battle at Vicksburg and survived with nothing more than a bullet hole through the webbing of its left wing.
The bird, a notoriously a picky eater, refused to eat grains and only consumed chicken, duck, and fish throughout its life. The famous war eagle even became inebriated once. When the 8th Regiment was on duty, a soldier left out a saucer of peach brandy, which the bird quickly drank up. It became intoxicated, tried to fly away, but fell over.