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EDINBURGH (LINCOLN) AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL

American Civil War - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2008

The memorial is the only one to be found outside of the United States and is to be found at New Calton, Edinburgh and is known as the Lincoln Memorial. It depicts Abraham Lincoln standing on a plinth with a stepped base and an unshackled slave sitting at the bottom of the memorial reaching out to Lincoln while resting on furled flags, a symbol of victory. There is a further American Civil War Memorial in Dean Cemetery, Ravelstow terrace, Edinburgh to Colonel Robert A Smith. For further details see American civil War. Another soldier, James B. Harden, who served in the 91st New York Infantry, moved to Edinburgh after the war and is buried in an unmarked grave in Piershill Cemetery.

Photograph Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2008

"THIS WAS THE FIRST ABRAHAM LINCOLN STATUE OUTSIDE THE USA
Also THE ONLY AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL "
To the Scots who fought in the Union Army; the monument has two statues in bronze,
on a marble base, featuring Abraham Lincoln and a freed slave with outstretch arms. resting on furled flags.

IN MEMORY OF SCOTTISH-AMERICAN SOLDIERS
'TO PRESERVE THE JEWEL OF LIBERTY IN THE FRAMEWORK OF PEACE-'
ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

Unveiled 21st August 1893
This plot of ground given by the Lord Provost, town council of Edinburghto Wallace Bruce
as consul as a burial place for Scottish soldiers in the American Civil War 1861-5.

McEWEN

John

Sergeant Major, Company "H", 65th Regiment, Illinois Voluntary Infantry, Union Army. Returned to Scotland where his widow received an army pension from the United States. Enlisted as a private in the "Scottish Regiment" from Illinois and served under colonels with good Scottish names such as Daniel Cameron and Walter Scott Howard. After the war, which ended in 1863, McEwen died in Edinburgh from the lingering effects of wartime experiences. Bruce, aware of his widow’s need for a pension, agreed that a suitable burial ground in Edinburgh ought to be made available to soldiers such as McEwen, and his "idea was hailed with enthusiasm".

DUFF

William L

Lieutenant-Colonel, 2nd Illinois Regiment of Artillery, Union Army. Returned to Scotland where his widow received an army pension from the United States.

STEEDMAN

Robert

Company "E", 5th Regiment, Maine Infantry Volunteer, Union Army. Returned to Scotland where his widow received an army pension from the United States.

WILKIE

James

Company "C", 1st Michigan Cavalry, Union Army. Returned to Scotland where his widow received an army pension from the United States.

FERGUSON

Robert

Company "E", 57th Regiment, New York Infantry Volunteer, Union Army. Returned to Scotland where his widow received an army pension from the United States.

  Added later - August 1993  

SMITH

Alexander

66th New York Volunteers, Union Army

Memorial in Dean Cemetery, Ravenslow Terrace, Edinburgh

ERECTED
TO THE MEMORY
OF COL. ROBERT A SMITH
OF THE
40TH MISSISSIPPI REGIMENT
CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY
A NATIVE OF EDINBURGH
WHO FELL MORTALLY WOUNDED
AT THE
BATTLE OF MUMFORDSVILLE
KENTUCKY
SEPTEMBER 14TH 1862
WHILE GALLANTLY LEADING
IN THE
CHARGE ON FORT CRAIG
AGED 26 YEARS.

SMITH

Robert A

Colonel, 40th Mississippi Regiment, Confederate States Army. Died of wounds at the Battle of Mumsfordville, Kentucky, 14th September 1862 while leading a charge on Fort Craig. Aged 26. Born of Edinburgh. Buried in Jackson, Mississippi

Last updated 28 February, 2014

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