The Scottish Military Research Group - Commemorations Project Forum Index The Scottish Military Research Group - Commemorations Project
(Registered Scottish Charity No. SC043826). Please visit our homepage at www.scottishmilitaryresearch.co.uk
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Scots-American, American Civil War Memorial

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Scottish Military Research Group - Commemorations Project Forum Index -> Edinburgh - Other Memorials
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Adam Brown
Curator


Joined: 14 Dec 2006
Posts: 7355
Location: Edinburgh (From Sutherland)

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:33 pm    Post subject: Scots-American, American Civil War Memorial Reply with quote

Scots-American, American Civil War Memorial
Location: Old Calton Burial Ground, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
OS Ref: NT 260 740

I believe this was the first statue of Lincoln erected outside of the USA after his death.









Adam
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website MSN Messenger
Adam Brown
Curator


Joined: 14 Dec 2006
Posts: 7355
Location: Edinburgh (From Sutherland)

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An article from last Saturday’s Evening News about a planned memorial service at this Edinburgh memorial on 21st July.

http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=737792007

Regards

Adam
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website MSN Messenger
dhubthaigh
Our first ever 1000-poster


Joined: 19 Dec 2006
Posts: 5154
Location: Blairgowrie, Perthshire

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read the article and comments. It didnae half get some o' them goin'!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
DerekR
Moderator


Joined: 19 Dec 2006
Posts: 2972
Location: Hawick, Scotland

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dhubthaigh wrote:
I read the article and comments. It didnae half get some o' them goin'!


The use of the term "Scotch" to describe the Scots doesn't half make me cringe.
_________________

Time but th' impression stronger makes, As streams their channels deeper wear.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Adam Brown
Curator


Joined: 14 Dec 2006
Posts: 7355
Location: Edinburgh (From Sutherland)

PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the details of the memorial service from tonight's Edinburgh Evening News

DETAILS of the first service to remember the city's heroes who died in the American Civil War have been revealed.

The event, organised by the One O'Clock Gun Association, is at 11am on July 21 at the Lincoln Memorial in the Old Calton cemetery on Waterloo Place.


Adam
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website MSN Messenger
Adam Brown
Curator


Joined: 14 Dec 2006
Posts: 7355
Location: Edinburgh (From Sutherland)

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found an article which gives more information on the background to this memorial. The men listed were buried in the cemetery after returning to Edinburgh after the war.

http://www.americancivilwar.org.uk/news_edinburghs-civil-war-memorial_12.htm

I hope they wont mind me copying the article here:

Edinburgh's Civil War Memorial

By Michael Aidin

(This article appeared as 'With a "Clasp of Loving Hands", Edinburgh is the Home to the Only Civil War Memorial Outside the US' in 'Crossfire', the magazine of the ACWRT (UK) no. 70 - December 2002.)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND: HOME TO THE ONLY CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL OUTSIDE THE USA

The 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. This is remarkable in view of the large number of men from Britain, Ireland and Canada who were killed in the 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. The base is marble. A medallion on the monument has the flags of Britain and the United States surrounded by thistles and cotton plants.

It is not unlike Thomas Ball's Freedman Memorial in Washington DC, where a former slave kneels at the feet of Lincoln like a Mary Magdalene at the feet of Christ - an image that has not appealed to African-Americans. On the east face of the Edinburgh monument is carved: "In memory of Scottish-American soldiers. To preserve the jewel of liberty in the framework of peace - Abraham Lincoln", and on the west side: "Unveiled 21st August 1893. This plot of ground given by the Lord Provost, Town Council of Edinburgh to Wallace Bruce, US. Consul as a burial place for Scottish soldiers of the American Civil War 1861-5". On the north side the following names are inscribed: "Sgt. Major John McEwan, Co.H, 65th Regt Illinois Vol Infantry; William L Duff, Lt Col., 2nd Illinois Regt of Artillery; Robert Steedman, Co.E, 5th Regt Maine Infantry Volunteers; James Wilkie, Co.C, 1st Michigan Cavalry; Robert Ferguson, Co.F, 57th Regt New York Infantry Volunteers". Dates of birth and death are not given. In fact only two men were buried in the plot and one in an adjacent grave.

The statue has a square base inscribed on four sides: "Suffrage Union Education Emancipation George F. Bissell SCT. 1893".

The story of the monument is poignant. A Scots woman, Mrs. McEwan, applied to American Consul Wallace Bruce, for a widow's pension as her husband had served in the Union Army in the war. Towards the end of Sergeant-Major McEwan's life his health was so poor and money was so tight that his wife and children had to go out to work to support their little family. Things became so desperate that McEwan even tried to give his precious sword to his doctor in exchange for fees. The doctor said his business was to save life, not to take it and he wished neither the sword nor other recompense but pleasant remembrance.

Mrs. Bruce, the consul's wife, met Mrs. McEwan when she went to the consulate to claim her pension. Full of sympathy upon hearing her story, Mrs. Bruce asked, although Memorial Day had passed, whether she might place some flowers on McEwan's grave. Sadly the widow said that her husband had been buried in a pauper's grave which could not be identified.


Consul Bruce approached the Edinburgh Corporation for a burial site for Scots who had served in the Civil War and had returned to their native land. A plot was provided in the Old Calton Cemetery, close to the tomb of David Hume, the historian and philosopher. Bruce also wished to raise a statue of Abraham Lincoln and launched a fund-raising programme in the United States.

A well-known American sculptor, George E. Bissell (1839-1920), who had worked in the United States and in Paris, undertook to execute the bronze statue. Bissell was responsible for statues in New York City, including that of Abraham de Peyzaer, an early Dutch settler, which can be seen today in Lower Manhattan.

Both Bruce and Bissell had served in the Union Army. The statue was intended to be a gift to Scotland from America, so Bruce obtained subscriptions from many influential Scots-Americans, including Andrew Carnegie. The unveiling ceremony aroused so much interest that admission to the burial ground was by ticket only. Crowds of people stood outside in Waterloo Place, even though the weather was wet and windy.

The monument was unveiled on 21 August, 1893 by Bruce's daughter, who was dressed to represent Columbia, wearing a long white dress with a Grecian band of gold in her hair. Bruce gave a long oration but, in view of the weather, postponed reading his 16-verse poem entitled "Columbia's Garland" which he had written for the occasion: Part of Bruce's undelivered poem follows:

"Another clasp of loving hands,

Another link across the sea,

A living word from distant lands

To grace the soldiers of the free;

Columbia, at her Mother's knee,

Unfolds the scroll of Liberty.

Through prismed tears let sunlight play,

Secure in joy, redeemed in grief,

One song unites the Blue and Gray,

One glory binds the garnered sheaf

War's cruel reaping kindly sealed

By brothers of the martyred field"

The memorial was rededicated in 1993 on its centenary by Lord Longford. The name of Alexander Smith, G Group, 66th Regt New York Volunteer Infantry, was added on this occasion; his service had been traced, but, as with the other volunteers, little is known about this man.

© ACWRT(UK) 2002
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website MSN Messenger
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Scottish Military Research Group - Commemorations Project Forum Index -> Edinburgh - Other Memorials All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group. Hosted by phpBB.BizHat.com