sam davis home
the sam davis home is located 10 miles north of murfreesboro in smyrna tennessee. this middle class plantation was home to sam davis the "boy hero" of the confederacy. davis was recruted by the confederate scout forces early in the civil war. he was captured by the union near manor hill tennessee on november 20 th 1863. he was wearing a makeshift confederate uniform and was in possession of union battle plans. davis was arrested as a spy and was sentenced to die by hanging unless he was willing to divulge the name of the person who gave him the plans. davis stated that "i would rather die a thousand deaths than betray a friend". on november 27 th he was sent to the gallows in pulaski. until the end union officers begged davis to disclose his contact. davis replied "officer i have done my duty now do yours". the sam davis home is an excellent example of a pre civil war middle class plantation and is a very worth while side trip when visiting murfreesboro. the sam davis home is located at 1399 sam davis road in smyrna tennessee. see the attached web site for admission and times.
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One of the better kept secrets in Murfreesboro is our local park system that includes the greenway and Barfield. If you have a few hours to spend outdoors and would like to hike on a well maintained trail, I recommend Barfield Park. The trails are enjoyable and can be somewhat challenging if you are not used to rocks, hills, thick woods, and a few sharp curves. Best to go early in the morning or late afternoon. Personally, I enjoy a morning hike that includes a breakfast sandwich while sitting on the edge of Stones River. Don't forget to bring a book and beverage or at least a snack.
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The events of the 2nd day (Jan 1) occurred on the left flank of the Union lines. The Confederate Army had formed just over a rise, out of sight of the union lines. Union troops were 4 units deep when they were jolted out of bed by the on rush of rebels. The Union lines gave way and were about to collapse when Artillery began to fire from up on the ridge.
With the support of the big guns, the Union troops formed make shift lines on the west side of Stones River and returned fire. The Confederacy was stopped. The days action came to an end as the Confederates moved back to took possession of the field of battle east of the river.
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