Born October 6, 1842, Near Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Educated at the Western Military Institute at Nashville. – Early in the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army Company I, 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. – 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” — “Greater love hath no man than this – that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
When the Lord calls up Earth’s heroes to stand before his face, O, many a name, unknown to fame shall ring from that high place; then out of a grave of the southland at the just God’s call and beck shall one man rise with fearless eyes with a rope about his neck; O southland: bring your laurels and add your wreath, O north: let glory claim the hero’s name and tell the world his worth. – Ella Wheeler Knox
SAM DAVIS 1842 – 1863 “The Boys will have to fight the battles without me” — He gave all he had – life. He gained all he lacked – immortality — This monument is erected by contributions from citizens of every state in the American Union on the site authorized by the 51st General Assembly of the state of Tennessee. 1909.
Constructed by G.J. Zolnay, Sculptor, in 1908.