Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Sam Davis of Tennessee
Educated at the Western Military Institute at Nashville.
Early in the Civil War he joined the Confederate Army
Company 1, First Tennessee Regiment.
In 1863 he was assigned to Shaw’s Scouts, Cheatham’s Division.
In November, 1863, when on duty
uniformed in Confederate butternut and grey,
Davis was captured in his native state, then within the Federal lines.
Important papers, descriptive of the Federal fortifications and forces,
were found upon his person.
These papers had been given Davis by Captain Shaw
who had also been captured and was confined in the same prison.
Davis was tried by court-martial,
condemned to death and executed at Pulaski, November 27.
The Federal commander offered Davis his life, if he would tell
who gave him the papers. To this offer, under the very shadow of
the gallows, Davis made his immortal reply:
”I would die a thousand deaths
before I would betray a friend.”
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”Greater love hath no man than this -
that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Location. 36° 9.906′ N, 86° 47.054′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard east of 7th Avenue North, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker, monument and statue are located near the southwest corner of the Tennessee State Capitol grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville TN 37219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lest We Forget: The Middle Passage (a few steps from this marker); Tennessee State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Johnson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alvin C. York (about 400 feet away); Founding of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (about 400 feet away); Andrew Jackson (about 500 feet away); Nashville Sit-Ins (about 500 feet away); Holy Rosary Cathedral (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Also see . . . Sam Davis (Wikipedia). Davis suffered a fate shared by many intelligence gatherers operating around Nashville. Most of the rural counties surrounding Nashville were only nominally under Union control, and this 'no-man's land' witnessed over three years of bloody internecine conflict and the steady dissolution of the institution of slavery. (Submitted on March 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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