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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The American Civil War - Remembered in Edinburgh: Sepia Saturda 4

This statue of Abraham  Lincoln  in Edinburgh  is  thought to be the only monument to the American Civil War outside the USA.  It was erected in the Old Carlton Burial Ground. Edinburgh in 1898 in memory of the Scottish soldiers who fought  in the American Civil War on the side of the Union.  It features a freed slave and  one of Lincoln’s famous quotations:
          "To preserve the jewel of liberty in the framework of freedom".

A bronze shield bears the old US flag, and is wreathed in thistles to the left, and cotton to the right to signify the two countries. 

Sepia Saturday give bloggers an opportunity to share their family history and memories  through photographs.

 Click  HERE to see how other Sepia Saturday are commemorating 
this month's theme of War and Peace.


  1. I know I've mentioned before that my great-grandfather served in the Union Navy during America's Civil War & that I have accounts of his service during that war and also possess his sword. But the wording on the Edinburgh memorial "In Memory of Scottish-American Soldiers" took me back to America's war of Independence. I recently gained a whole new perspective of that war in regard to Scottish- Americans by reading Diana Gabaldon's novels: "Drums of Autumn","The Fiery Cross","A Breath of Snow and Ashes", "An Echo in the Bone", and "Written in My Own Heart's Blood". An excellent source of information regarding what Scottish-Americans went through from the beginning to the end of that war.

  2. Interesting, I didn't know about his, but it makes a lot of sense.


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