You know, I kind of felt like that when I saw the statue of Sir Douglas Haig on Whitehall. I would have figured that even though he was in charge at the end of the war, the casualty counts of the battles of the Somme and third Ypres would have diminished his popularity. But I'm certainly not infallible!
Ronglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2551 times:
I remember when I saw this statue of the Great Emancipator for the first time, my first thought was "Geez, the Brits will do anything to suck up to the Americans - American tourists anyway".
I did a little googling on the topic and it seems that the statue was erected to celebrate one hundred years of peace between Great Britain and the US of A (1815-1915 ?). I still don't know why it was given such a prominent place in Parliament Square?
Maybe it was because Lincoln was always held in high regard in Britain, even by the British working people, unemployed as a result of the cotton shortage during the Civil War?