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Louisbourg Monuments

Ceremony to erect the memorial monument by the Society of Colonial Wars in 1895

Ceremony to erect the memorial monument by the Society of Colonial Wars in 1895

Ceremony to erect the memorial monument by the Society of Colonial Wars in 1895 Ceremony to erect the memorial monument by the Society of Colonial Wars in 1895 Ceremony to erect the memorial monument by the Society of Colonial Wars in 1895

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Introduction

Over the course of its long history there have been a number of monuments erected at historic Louisbourg in Nova Scotia, Canada. The partial reconstruction of the 18th-century fortified town, beginning in the 1960s, is the most spectacular monument to a period in history, but there were other commemorations, which can still be seen during a visit to the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic site.

The first monument was erected by British officer Samuel Holland somewhere on the ruins of the citadel, in 1767, to commemorate the capture of Louisbourg in 1758. It has since disappeared.

The next monument came in 1895 with the General Society of Colonial Wars and the opening of the Sydney & Louisburg Railway to the harbour of Louisbourg. This was followed by historic site plaques and other monuments in the 1920s, 30s, 70s and 90s.

For more information on the commemoration of Louisbourg see.

Almon, Albert, Rochefort Point: A Silent City in Louisbourg, Glace Bay, Cape Breton, 1940. ( out of print )

Johnston, A.J.B., "Preserving History: The Commemoration of 18th-century Louisbourg, 1895-1940 in Krause, Eric, Carol Corbin, William OShea, Aspects of Louisbourg: Essays on the History of an Eighteenth-Century French Community in North America, c. Louisbourg Institute 1995, published by University College of Cape Breton Press ( now Cape Breton University Press). pp. 253-285

Johnston, A.J.B., "Commemorating Louisbourg, c. 1767," in Krause, Eric, Carol Corbin, William OShea, Aspects of Louisbourg: Essays on the History of an Eighteenth-Century French Community in North America, c. Louisbourg Institute 1995, published by University College of Cape Breton Press ( now Cape Breton University Press). pp. 286-288.

Report of the Committee on Louisbourg Memorial, New York 1896. ( out of print )