1. Creator/Author:
  2. Alexander Adam Inglis (1)

In the Old Calton Burying Ground, Edinburgh

Creator:
Alexander Adam Inglis
Location:
Scotland, Edinburgh
Origin Date:
1908-1920
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 7/16 in
Item ID:
71.2009.083.2611
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Cartoons, Broadsides & Ephemera

Description

This tinted postcard, part of the Ingle Series, features the American Civil War Memorial, also known as the Scottish-American Soldiers Monument, located in the Calton Burying Ground in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was dedicated on August 21, 1893, to the Scots who fought and died in the American Civil War. Depicting a standing figure of Abraham Lincoln, with a freed slave giving thanks at his feet, it is a focal point of the burial ground. The bronze sculptures were by sculptor George Edwin Bissell. Two regimental flags lie furled, signifying that the battle is over. The African American man holds a book, indicating that he is not only free, he is also now educated. The Scottish soldiers being honored had all fought for the Union (the North) in the American Civil War. The inscription, "To preserve the jewel of liberty in the framework of Freedom" is a quotation from a letter from President Lincoln to Governor Hahn of Louisiana dated March 13, 1864. A memorial wreath along with American and Scottish flags hangs on the front of the pedestal. The postcard caption and the number 228 are printed in extremely small type along the bottom edge of the postcard. The reverse is divided. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum