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Jackson in Madison County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

David Crockett

 
 
David Crockett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 8, 2010
1. David Crockett Marker
Inscription.
On this site in 1831 Con-
gressman Crockett, defeated
for reelection told the
citizens of Jackson and
Tennessee "You can go to
hell, but I am going to
Texas!" He went to Texas
where he died in the Battle
of the Alamo.
 
Location. 35° 36.848′ N, 88° 49.124′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Tennessee, in Madison County. Marker is on E Main Street. Click for map. Located on the grounds of the Madison County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Jackson TN 38301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monroe Dunaway Anderson 1873-1939 / Anderson, Clayton & Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andersons & Claytons Memorial (about 400 feet away); First United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Butler Race Track c. 1825 / Memphis Conference Female Institute 1843-1923 (approx. mile away); General Ulysses S. Grant (approx. 0.4 miles away); Riverside Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jackson Spoke Here (approx. 0.6 miles away); Camp Beauregard (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jackson.
 
Categories. War, Texas Independence
 
David Crockett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 8, 2010
2. David Crockett Marker
Davy Crockett image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
3. Davy Crockett
This portrait of Davy Crockett (1786-1836) by Chester Harding hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“Unlike his solitary predecessor Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett created the image of the frontiersman as a jocular, colorful 'type' who loved tall tales, whisky, and cutting a caper. Crockett was a bad farmer and kicked around the Southeast, serving in the military and minor governmental offices. On a whim he ran for Congress from Tennessee, serving three terms (1827-31, 1833-35). To capitalize on his political fame, he authored an autobiography containing a motto, 'Be always sure you're right then go ahead,' that has been the credo of the frontiersman, in reality and myth, to the present day. After Congress, Crockett created a road show in which he presented himself to civilized eastern audiences as the wild and woolly backwoodsman, 'half man, half alligator.' Still restless, however, Crockett joined the fight for Texas independence and was killed at the Alamo.” — National Portrait Gallery
Madison County Court House image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 8, 2010
4. Madison County Court House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on December 17, 2016.
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