Scottish-American Soldiers Monument

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Scottish-American Soldiers Monument

Scottish-American Soldiers Monument
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Neighborhood: Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighborhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicenter Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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malc1005
Kettering, UK3,687 contributions
Hidden gem
May 2021 • Couples
A hidden gem, off Princes Street, easy to miss. A lovely monument, well worth taking a look at, if your in the area.
Written May 8, 2021
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IAN D
Wigan, UK18,626 contributions
Unexpected
Jan 2020 • Solo
Thus was an unexpected find in the small burial grounds off Princess Street. It portrays Abraham Lincoln.
Written January 27, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK149,633 contributions
Interesting Find
Mar 2019 • Solo
What an interesting find this is. Inside Old Calton Cemetery is a this monument that stands in tribute to the Scotsman who fought in the American Civil War. The monument depicts a standing figure of Abraham Lincoln atop a small plinth. Below at the feet of Lincoln, a freed slave giving thanks. Apparently, this monument is the only one to the American Civil War outside of the United States.
Written March 22, 2019
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia32,369 contributions
Unusual Monument
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Scottish-American Soldiers Monument is quite an unusual structure. It depicts the standing figure of US President Abraham Lincoln and at his feet is a freed slave giving thanks. The slave holds a book and this indicates that he is not only free but educated as well. There is an American flag and a few names inscribed too.The Memorial was erected in August 1893, to honour those Scots who fought in the American Civil War. It is apparently the only statue of Lincoln in Scotland and this is the only Monument to the American Civil War outside the USA. It's quite a moving monument. The Monument is in the old Calton Burial Ground, a graveyard on Calton Hill. It can be accessed from Waterloo Street at the point where it becomes Regent Street. Waterloo Street is a continuation of Princes Street. This is a spot worth visiting.
Written November 16, 2018
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Timezone Travelers
Venice, FL1,520 contributions
A fitting tribute
Nov 2018 • Couples
Very nice monument honoring the soldiers of past war. Impressive use of the symbolism and to honor those that had fought.
Written November 3, 2018
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Pittsburgh, PA35,692 contributions
Surprised to see Abraham Lincoln in Edinburgh
Sep 2018 • Couples
I was surprised to see Abraham Lincoln in Edinburgh Scotland. I was just walking down Princes-street toward Carlton and came upon this tribute to Scottish-American solders.
Written October 15, 2018
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Bronze memorial
Apr 2017 • Family
This monument stands on the burial plot for the Scots who fought in the American Civil War in the Old Carlton Burial Ground at Waterloo Place. The memorial comprise of a bronze figure of a slave, resting on furled battle flags at the base of a red granite pedestal, holding up his right hand in gratitude to a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln standing on the pedestal holding the proclamation of emancipation. On the pedestal below him is a bronze shield decorated with the American and British flags flanked by thistles and cotton.
Written June 25, 2017
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thetravellingmanUk
uk9,668 contributions
Learning experience
Mar 2017 • Family
The Scottish-American Soldiers Monument (also known as the American Civil War Memorial) can be found in the Old Calton Burial Ground which is accessed from Waterloo Place.
It was dedicated on the 21st August 1893 to Scots who fought and died in the American Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln stands at the top of the monument, with a freed slave giving thanks at his feet.
Interestingly it is the only monument to the American Civil War outwith the United States.
The Scottish-American Soldiers Monument stands right next to the David Hume Mausoleum, and we spent a time looking at both yesterday.
Written March 3, 2017
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