Skip to comments.Remembering Jefferson Davis: American Patriot & Southern Hero
Posted on 06/04/2012 6:00:58 AM PDT by BigReb555
Do you and your family know what is considered by some folks the largest monument to an American?
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Do you and your family know what is considered by some folks the largest monument to an American? I will give you the answer at the end of this article.
Look at your calendar and see what dates in history are shown for June 3rd. It more than likely excludes that of a great American, the birthday of Jefferson Davis of Mississippi. The birthday of Abraham Lincoln is shown for February, but no mention for Davis in June.
In 2008, Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great grandson of Jefferson Davis, recreated the 1861 swearing-in ceremony of his grandfather as Confederate President in Montgomery, Alabama. He told reporters:
"I stand here representing a family that is very proud of their ancestor."
Jefferson Finis Davis was born on June 3, 1808, in Christian County later Todd County, in the horse racing (Derby State) of Kentucky.
His grandfather was a colonist from Wales, living in Virginia and Maryland, and rendering important public service to those southern colonies.
The time is long overdue to teach our children not only the historical facts about Abraham Lincoln, but also those about Jefferson Davis. Please allow me to give you a few facts about Davis.
Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America, was a strong Unionist and defender of the United States Constitution. Our founding Fathers believed in the sovereignty of the states and so did Jefferson Davis.
Here are a few of his many accomplishments:
Graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point.
Fought valiantly in the War with Mexico.
United States Senator.
Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce.
First to suggest the transcontinental railroad to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, first to suggest the Panama Canal Zone and suggested the purchase of Cuba.
To better understand Davis, you and your family should visit "Beauvoir" on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Biloxi. This was the last home to Jefferson Davis and where he wrote his famous book, "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government." You can read more information about Beauvoir at: http://www.beauvoir.org.
Jefferson Davis' last marriage is said to have been a very good one to Varina, who gave her husband two sons and two daughters (Jefferson, Margaret, Winnie and Billy). One child was killed by an accidental fall at the Confederate White House in Richmond, Virginia in 1864, and an abused black child named Jim Limber was adopted by the Davis'. In 1865, Jim was forcibly removed by Union soldiers and never seen again. It is said that the Davis children were crying at the scene and poor Jim was kicking and not making it easy for his abductors. After the War Between the States, Jefferson Davis tried to locate the whereabouts of Jim Limber, but was not successful. The Davis family prayed that Jim was well and did well in his life.
There are few people who have touched so many as did Jefferson Davis. His funeral services were attended by tens of thousands of mourners. Milo Cooper, a former servant, traveled all the way from Florida to pay his last respects. It is written that, upon entering Davis' sick room, Cooper burst into tears and threw himself on his knees in prayer that God would spare the life of his old master and bless Davis family. Davis was first buried in New Orleans but later was removed to the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.
The answer to the question, "What is the largest monument to an American?" is:
The Jefferson Davis National Highway, which begins in Washington, D.C., and covers 3,417 miles as it passes through 173 counties and 13 states.
The success of the Davis Highway is attributable to the dedicated work of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).
Jefferson Davis was a treasonous traitor.
“Jefferson Davis was a treasonous traitor.”
As opposed to one of them there nontreasonous traitors?
Jeff Davis Highway rolls right past my office. I am on it every day.
A true paragon of virtue.
“Jefferson Davis was a treasonous traitor.”
Yes, which is why we should learn all about him, because before he became treasonous traitor, he was a Patriotic American citizen. Just like Benedict Arnold, I never knew that Arnold was a very well connected and a celebrated hero up until he did the unthinkable and turned traitor. It is important to know that traitors are not always dirty little lurking weasels looking for an opportunity to betray their country, often they are righteous honorable men up to just before the point they betray. It is important to see historical figures as human beings and to understand their situation in the events surrounding them. Knowing all this will server to remind us to be vigilant in whom we put in power today.
The more I know about Benedict Arnold the sadder I feel for him and our nation, yes he deserves the traitor brand, but I also recognize he was the hero of Saratoga. If only he could have continued to be the hero of Saratoga rather then the traitor of his country. Knowing more about Jeff Davis might help me better understand the times he lived in and what they mean to today.
This is the same exact article you posted here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2888117/posts.
Why are you spamming FreeRepublic with this tripe?
More like the whole leadership were reactionary hotheads that could not work within a system that bent over backwards to accommodate their “institution” and decided to break off.
LIttle problem: the Jefferson Davis highway was never really built. There are portions of it extant in Virginia, NC, SC, Georgia, Louisiana and California. That’s it. (There’s also a chunk of roadway in Washington State, called JDNH, but that can hardly be considered related to this effort.)
Odd matter: I travelled VA-110 for years, and marveled how it’s never named, anywhere along its brief course. Imagine my surprise to discover that it’s called Jeff Davis Highway. (I’ve known that as a name of an avenue in Pentagon City/Crystal City, but since THAT’S US-1, I had no idea that was also the name of VA-110, even though 110 DOES merge into US-1.)
Good post. The events of 1861 should also serve as a reminder of how easy it is to drift into a bloody war of attrition.
Agreed, if you define "America" as "USA."
However, the supporters of the CSA, though horribly misguided IMO, were still Americans.
Jeff Davis was a USA patriot to 1861, and a CSA patriot thereafter.
True. But would you call Benedict Arnold a USA patriot to 1780, and a British patriot thereafter?
Should the word "traitor" not be applied?
That's like saying Hitler was a German patriot after he decamped from Austria.
And yet, he was your brother in Christ. God bless you.
Jefferson Davis sought to tbe tried for treason and was indicted. The US government delayed the trial on several ocassions and subsequently Davis was issued a full pardon.
Benedict Arnold did not challenge the compact, still in formation, when he betrayed the Continental Army. He betrayed it by stealth, in the middle of the War, for personal benefit. If you want a comparison, look at someone like Quisling in Norway (the Norwegian Socialist) who used stealth to invite the German Socialists in, while those who trusted him slept. Jefferson Davis, honorably, resigned from the Senate, when Mississippi seceded, and explained his reason in a brief, to the point address.
Jefferson Davis behaved with honor, as did Robert E. Lee. Benedict Arnold, like Quisling--and like those trying to betray America into a World Government, today--behaved with total dishonor.
Well and truly stated, sir.
“Fought for slavery.”
So did those in the Revolutionary War. The US Constitution has slavery in it.
Oh, did you know that the first slave was a black man and his owner was also a black man? It was a black man that started slavery in the US when slavery was not allowed. He went to court and got an order giving him rights to another human being, another black man. That’s right, a black man started slavery and the founding fathers upheld slavery in the US.
You sir should make one last attempt to graduate 8th grade.
That treason trial and execution of Jeff Davis was really somethi...Oh, wait Davis wanted a trial but the cowards in DC wouldn't give him one. Never mind.
And Obeyme was hailed as the second coming of Lincoln.
How’s that working out for us?
DADT President Bump.
Why don't you pettition vDOT and have them change this sign from "Jeff Davis" to Traitor Hwy. LOL.
Davis was a great American and believed in the republic. You wouldn't know a republic if it bit you on the arse.
There is nothing in the founding documents that says what he and the CSA Government did was treasonous. If he had gone to trial—he could have won. Many states considered Session before 1860—including New England (during the unpopular Mexican War). The Bloody Civil War should have been avoided if cooler heads had prevailed.
Excellent post and accurate. Jefferson Davis was honorable to the people and the US Constitution, until the people in power allowed it to fail his people.
At 351 feet tall, it is the largest [unreinforced] concrete obelisk in the world, and the fifth tallest monument in the United States. The top four are St. Louis's Gateway Arch, 630 feet tall; San Jacinto (Texas) Monument, 570 feet (built to the peoples who created an independent country -- just like the Confederates); the Washington Monument, 555 feet; and the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put in Bay, Ohio, which, at 352 feet, nudges its way past the Davis obelisk by a mere extra 12 inches. The Davis monument was conceived in 1907, at a reunion of the Orphan's Brigade of the Confederate Army. In 1917, construction began. After a halt during World War I, the obelisk was finally completed in 1924. The walls are seven feet thick at the base, two feet thick at the top. The monument features an elevator to an observation room.
The view from the observation room of the surrounding countryside are beautiful. I stumbled upon this by accident while driving on business near Fairview, KY. Upon seeing the monument in the distance I drove towards it until I came to the parking lot. The site was virtually vacant except for me and the elevator operator that took me to the observation room.
Amen. Good post.
>>Jefferson Davis was a treasonous traitor.<<
Here we go again. 500 posts later, we will have changed no minds and we will be as polarized as the U.S. Congress. I have one question for all the Yankee critics of the Confederacy: Under what circumstances, if any, is any state able to opt out of its membership in the Union?
150 years ago, we had a President from Illinois who started a war against the states, disregarding the Constitution and freed the slaves. Today, we have a President from Illinois who is waging war against the states, disregards the Constitution and wants to make us all slaves.
It was the south who initiated hostilities not the north.
Yes, just as is the traitor Nancy Pelosi. What is your point - we can’t criticize persons claiming to be Christians?
So were George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. What’s your point?
“It was the south who initiated hostilities not the north.”
That’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? One could say that, by occupying sovereign territory against the wishes of the state government, the Feds initiated hostilities. They wouldn’t have expected to park US troops at a fort in Canada and gotten away with it, would they?
With the consent of Congress..the same way you came in.
Any rebellion based on resistance to the arguably unconstitutional forced liberation of human slaves is a rebellion that is morally bankrupt.
The undeniable truths in the Declaration of Independence are pure and justify any “rebellion” by Washington and Jefferson.
There is no purity in a rebellion triggered by opposition to the imposed liberation of human slaves.
Well said and true. South Carolina thanks you.
I suppose the poster calling Jeff Davis a traitor would infer that all southerners were traitors, Lee, Jackson, and all the Confederate soldiers as well.
I say that poster does not know Southern history, let alone American history.
I guess some yankees would have us all shot even today, yet how many of them wish their state would secede now and leave the liberals and obama in ‘another country’?
“Any rebellion based on resistance to the arguably unconstitutional forced liberation of human slaves is a rebellion that is morally bankrupt.”
What’s worse? Fighting against the forced liberation of human slaves or fighting for the forced bondage of men to the government? Neither side was morally commendable in that war.
Ones man's freedom fighter is another man's rebel...
And if the South still sucks to this day, why do these Yankees keep moving down here...
No, no, no.
It is always justified to liberate a slave, even if it would be unconstitutional to do so. No constitution can properly prevent the liberation of slaves. A constitution that permits slavery need not be heeded because it is illegitimate in the most profound way. To rise up against slavery even without amending such a constitution is morally valid. Just as if today the president would station troops outside of abortion clinics to shut them down, despite it being “against the law”, the laws are radically unjust in that they enshrine innocent-child-murder as a right.
But you can keep pretending that slavery was a little black mark, and not the gigantic festering cancer that it was.
Lincoln was a hero even if he acted outside the constitution.
Davis did not have such profound injustice in his corner.
A CSA patriot is a USA traitor.
Actually, the original 13 states ratified(i.e, approved) the Constitution in state legislatures. They created a federal government. They needed no approval from Congress SINCE CONGRESS NEVER APPROVED THEIR STATEHOOD.
Thus, VA, NC, SC, GA broke no law when they seceeded. Likewise, TX was free to seceed having been unique among the states as a republic prior to staehood.
>>, one too many pucks to your head?<<
Exactly the kind of intelligent comment I would expect from a DU troll.
What were their names, were they the only two Blacks in America and how did they get here in the first place?
Anthony Johnson, a former indentured servant who’d served out his term of indenture was the owner. John Casor was the indentured servant who became the first chattel slave, owned by Anthony Johnson. Northampton County, Virginia, early 1600’s.