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Secret Memorial... Almost forgotten
Posted By: Kerrowdown, 10-09-2015, 01:58 PM

Look what I found tucked away in an old kirkyard...

This imposing Edinburgh monument to the Scots who fought in the Union Army is exceptional as it is the only memorial outside the United States to those who lost their lives in the Civil War.

The monument consists of two statues; a crouching, freed slave extends his arms in gratitude to an imposing Abraham Lincoln. The freed man is resting on furled flags, symbols of victory. The statues are made of bronze and that of Lincoln is about 16 ft high on a marble base. A medallion on the monument has the flags of Britain and the United States surrounded by thistles and cotton plants.

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10-09-2015, 03:23 PM   #2
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Interesting pic and story. It is a very impressive memorial and was obviously expensive at the time. Do you know whether the driving force for it was public feeling or more of a private effort?
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Do you know whether the driving force for it was public feeling or more of a private effort?
A quick Google came up with this.

Sergeant Major John McEwan, Lt Col William Duff, Robert Steedman, James Wilkie, Robert Ferguson and Alexander Smith are all remembered on the Scottish granite plinth of the statue. Yet it was thanks to the perseverance of McEwan’s widow that the memorial even exists.

According to Carol Hurley, an Edinburgh University history graduate who wrote her Masters dissertation about the statue, if Mrs McEwan hadn’t fought for her war widow’s pension, the statue might never have been built.

“As far as we know she was in Edinburgh – her husband had returned home after the war – and when he died she found trying to claim his army pension rather difficult. She went to the US Consul Wallace Burns for help, got talking to his wife and that seems to be the genesis of the project.

“Mr Burns then wrote to the Edinburgh council asking them to find a plot of land, but the money for the statue was raised in America.”

Carol adds: “The whole thing cost around $6300 and most of that came from Andrew Carnegie and John D Rockerfeller, although all the money was raised in the States. It’s made of bronze, and was created in America and then shipped across.”
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
got talking to his wife and that seems to be the genesis of the project.
There is a message in that for all of us Thanks for the info.

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Thanks for the info
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Impressive. Light and perspective make it look like a scale model of this monument. And it is interesting that the idea of this monument is related with abolition of slavery, but in fact slavery wasn't the main "apple of discord" that caused the war.
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Ha, that's a pretty ironic statue, especially since Lincoln expressly issued the Emancipation Proclamation as a public relations ploy to keep the UK from entering the war on behalf of the Confederacy.
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Light and perspective make it look like a scale model of this monument
It was just the fact of having a wee unplanned wander around a really tiny kirkyard and to come across this in the first place.

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that's a pretty ironic statue
US Consul Wallace Burns wife seemed to be the genesis for the project and she got himself to write to the Edinburgh council asking them to find a plot of land.

The money ($6300) for the statue was raised in America, mainly from Andrew Carnegie and John D Rockerfeller.
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