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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.24 (search)
triumph? And death! where was your sting? He showed you how a man could bow To doom and stay a king. And God, who loves the loyal Because they are like him, I doubt not yet that soul shall set Among his cherubim. Oh, Southland! fling your laurels: And add your wreath, Oh, North! Let glory claim the hero's name, And tell the world his worth. The bronze head of Sam Davis was one of the most admired works of art in the Parthenon of the Tennessee Centennial. This bust, executed by Julian Zolling, represents a nobly formed head; the boyish face conveys an impression of courage, strength and sweetness. Many visitors were attracted to this bit of bronze; singularly enough, many of them had never before heard of Sam Davis and his tragic death. Here is the story: In 1863 General Bragg sent a number of picked men, as scouts, among them Sam Davis, into Middle Tennessee in order to gain information concerning the Federal army; he wished to know if the Union army was re-enforcing Ch