Jefferson Davis' Birthplace

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I decided to visit Jefferson Davis' Birthplace during my visit to Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace on February 16, 2009.  I was informed by a Park Ranger that since I just arrived at Fort Campbell, KY that I should visit this place since it is only a few miles away.  Also, he informed me that it has a 300+ foot monument built similar to the George Washington Monument. 

I found it ironic that these two Civil War adversaries (Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis), were both born in a log cabin less than 100 miles away from each other and only eight months apart.  Jefferson Davis born on June 3, 1808 and Abraham Lincoln born on February 12, 1809. 

Construction began in 1917 but was halted in 1918 due to World War I at a height of 175 feet.
  Construction resumed in 1922 and was completed in 1924 at a height of 351 feet.  It is the fifth tallest monument in the United States.

Although Jefferson Davis' name is synonymous with the Confederacy, he accomplished much more.  He was a West Point graduate, Mexican War hero, Mississippi congressman and senator, and Secretary of War during the Pierce administration.  He was also credited with suggesting a transcontinental railroad, suggesting the purchase of the Panama Canal Zone, founding of the Army Medical Corps, and establishing a pension system for the Army. 

Lastly, more irony for the ages.  Thirty years after the Civil War ended, the birth cabins of both Civil War leaders were dismantled and taken to Nashville, TN.  They were rebuilt and displayed side by side during the 1897 World's Fair.  After the World Fair, they were dismantled again and taken to New York for storage.  The logs from both cabins were some how mixed together.  Now their birth cabins are forever intertwined. 
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Jefferson Davis Monument
Jefferson Davis Monument
View to the West from the Monument
View to the West from the Monument
View to the North from the Monument
View to the North from the Monument
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Church at the bottom left is the …
View of the Monument and the Churc…
View of the Monument and the Chur…
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