Smyrna in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Sam Davis Home
Davis and his reported statement (reminiscent of Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale), “If I had a thousand lives to live, I would have them all rather than betray a friend” quickly became legendary. In 1909, the State of Tennessee dedicated a monument to the “boy hero of the Confederacy” on the state capitol grounds. In the 1920s,
“The coming ages will place his character forward as a typical Confederate soldier and as an American.” — Bromfield L. Ridley, 1906
“When I was about 13 or 14, my father’s family arranged for me to go to the Nashville Military Academy, where I became acquainted with Sam Davis. He was of the most honest, steadfast, and bravest boys I’ve ever known.” — Joseph A. Rucker, Jan 1, 1868
Sam and John Davis — Courtesy Sam Davis Memorial Association
1909 state capitol unveiling — Courtesy Sam Davis Memorial Association
Gen. Braxton Bragg Courtesy Library of Congress
Gen. Grenville M. Dodge Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 59.131′ N, 86° 30.065′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna TN 37167, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Sam Davis Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Outbuildings (approx. 0.3 miles away); Slave Cabins (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sam Davis Gravesite (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Sam Davis Boyhood Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wheeler's Raid around Rosecrans (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Jefferson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dewitt Smith Jobe (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smyrna.
Also see . . . Sam Davis Home and Museum. (Submitted on October 7, 2013.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on April 21, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.