Featuring a historic site with 1860s home, Middle Tennessee museum and outbuildings. Learn the story of Civil War hero Sam Davis, called the "Boy Hero of the Confederacy." The Sam Davis Home is one of Tennessee’s most significant Confederate memorial properties. Samuel (“Sam”) Davis, born here in 1842, enlisted in the Rutherford Rifles (Co. I, 1st Tennessee Infantry) in 1861 and fought in western Virginia. After his enlistment expired, he returned home and joined Capt. Henry B. Shaw’s Coleman’s Scouts, Confederate cavalrymen who gathered information on Union troop movements. Working for the Scouts as a Confederate courier, he was captured near Minor Hill on November 19, 1863, in possession of Union battle plans. Offered his freedom if he would give the name of his contact in the Union army, he refused, saying, "I would rather die a thousand deaths than betray a friend." Arrested as a spy, and was seen as ineligible for the usual privileges of a prisoner of war. Instead, he was sentenced to die by hanging and was executed for espionage by the Union Army after a captivity of only seven days.
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