34 - The Eagle of the Blue The Eagle of the BlueA possible source for Melville's poem is "The Eagle of the Eighth Wisconsin" in The Rebellion Record, Vol. 8 (1865), 59. []. Edmund Clarence Stedman included Melville's poem in his 1900 An American Anthology, 1787-1900, 236. l  Aloft he guards the starry folds Who is the brother of the star; The bird whose joy is in the wind Exulteth in the war. No painted plume—a sober hue, His beauty is his power; That eager calm of gaze intent Foresees the SibylSee "Sibylline" in "Formerly a Slave"'s hour. Austere, he crowns the swaying perch, Flapped by the angry flag; The hurricane from the battery sings, But his claw has known the crag. Amid the scream of shells, his scream Runs shrilling; and the glare Of eyes that brave the blinding sun The vollied flame can bear. The pride of quenchless strength is his— Strength which, though chained, avails; The very rebel looks and thrills— The anchored Emblem hails. Though scarred in many a furious fray, No deadly hurt he knew; Well may we think his years are charmed— The Eagle of the Blue. [Melville's] Note l, page 122. Among the Northwestern regiments there would seem to have been more than one which carried a living eagle as an added ensign. The bird commemorated here was, according to the account, borne aloft on a perch beside the standard; went through successive battles and campaigns; was more than once under the surgeon's hands; and at the close of the contest found honorable repose in the capital of Wisconsin, from which state he had gone to the wars.