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To Preserve the Jewel of Liberty in the Framework of Freedom

By Philip_H
The American Civil War Memorial, also known as the Scottish–American Soldiers Monument, Old Carlton burial ground, Edinburgh.

The memorial was dedicated on 21 August 1893 to Scots who fought and died in the American Civil War. Depicting a standing figure of Abraham Lincoln, with an emancipated slave giving thanks at his feet, it is a focal point of the burial ground, located just in front of David Hume’s tomb.

It is the only monument to the American Civil War outside of the United States and was the first statue to a U.S. President outside her own borders. It is the only statue of Lincoln in Scotland.

Sculptures were by George Edwin Bissell and stonework by Stewart McGlashan & Son. A bronze shield bears the old US flag, and is wreathed in thistles to the left, and cotton to the right. Two regimental flags lie furled, the battle being over. The monument was erected at American expense to a small group of Scots (only one of whom, William Duff, is buried under the monument, the rest being nearby) to whom it felt indebted, and wished their graves to be marked, despite their later poverty. They had all fought for the Union (the North) in the American Civil War. The inscription, "To preserve the jewel of liberty in the framework of freedom" is a quotation from the writings of Abraham Lincoln.

P Grin

Tags: Scotland Edinburgh Architecture Slave American civil war Abraham lincoln The American Civil War Memorial Scottish–American Soldiers Monument Old Carlton burial ground Us president Scottish-american soldiers Bronze and granite George Edwin Bissell Stewart McGlashan and Son David hume

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NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2016 5:59PM
Both interesting and well captured Philip.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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9 Jan 2016 6:15PM
Wonderful images - I haven't seen this but next time we are there must go and look for it.
9 Jan 2016 6:23PM
An interesting piece of history.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2132 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2016 6:49PM
Quite a dramatic and poignant memorial sculpture.
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
9 Jan 2016 7:41PM
Thank you for this illuminating image--- I never knew!!!

Americans owe much to their Scots immigrants!



(My great great great uncle was a Scotsman--- Gen. US Grant--who also fought in the American Civil War for the northern forces.)
boov 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2016 8:16PM
Super set
Philip_H 8 966 United Kingdom
9 Jan 2016 9:19PM

Quote:Thank you for this illuminating image--- I never knew!!!

Americans owe much to their Scots immigrants!



(My great great great uncle was a Scotsman--- Gen. US Grant--who also fought in the American Civil War for the northern forces.)



That wouldn't be Ulysses S. Grant by any chance would it - the 18th President of the United States!?

P Grin
9 Jan 2016 9:51PM
Interesting and beautifully presented imagesGrin
Jo
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
9 Jan 2016 10:49PM
Yes, President and general--Ulysses D. Grant
Hermanus 7 4 South Africa
10 Jan 2016 3:46AM
Very interesting info on the statue and excellent images !! Very well done PhilipGrinGrin
Bantu 6 7 1 India
10 Jan 2016 6:47AM
Great captures,too good.

Vikram
nonur 11 18 13 Turkey
10 Jan 2016 7:33AM
Well framed great shots and comprehensive info, Philip.
Philip_H 8 966 United Kingdom
10 Jan 2016 9:16AM

Quote:Yes, President and general--Ulysses S. Grant


How marvellous! GrinGrin
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
10 Jan 2016 11:05AM
Beautiful set Philip, with V4 my favourite. Interesting info too.
Rende
Fabulous set Philip, and very interesting write up
Julie
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2016 6:25AM
Excellent bronze, good to see the different sides of the sculpture.
But I do like to see V2 for the full picture! Very good work!
I also found your write up very informative,
Isabel
KingBee Plus
14 537 2 Scotland
14 Jan 2016 6:24PM
I've lived in Edinburgh for most of my life, and I never knew this existed. In fact, my Civil Service career started in St Andrew's House, which is but a stone's throw from the cemetery in which this memorial is located. I'm ashamed of my ignorance. Thank you for enlightening me.

Regards.
Bob
15 Jan 2016 6:27PM
Excellent set Philip..Lin
tonyguitar Plus
8 77 37 Canada
19 Jan 2016 11:12PM
The late 1800s craftsmanship is a true credit to this memorial. Your photography presents everything here so well and with your background, viewing this becomes even more interesting. GOOD effort and thanks, really worthwhile. TG

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