Monday, February 15, 2016

PRESIDENTS DAY:Why is there a monument to Abraham Lincoln in Edinburgh?

The very first monument in Europe of an American President.  Several Scotsmen joined in the battle between the North and South.

Built in 1893, it can be found in the Old Calton Cemetery in Edinburgh city centre, and commemorates the Scots who fought on behalf of the Union during the American Civil War.

Six sons of Edinburgh signed up to fight on Lincoln’s behalf - Sergeant Major John McEwan; Lt Col William Duff; Robert Steedman; James Wilkie; Alexander Smith and Robert Ferguson.

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