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Sam Davis and Bill Marsh

Description

"Created as a monument to yet another American war, this pedestal with two standing figures personalizes the national significance of the Civil War. The two persons represented are Sam Davis and Bill Marsh. Davis would have been familiar to many as the young Confederate scout executed by Union troops for spying. Knowing that Bill Marsh was a more obscure figure, Wickham identifies him in the inscription as the First Man that Voted a Union Ticket, in Montgomery County. The artist continues by identifying his father’s role,R. L. Wickham Voted the Second One [Union ticket]. What Wickham doesn’t say is that Marsh was his maternal grandfather.

Happy to put the Civil War behind him and his audience Wickham states in the front inscription, It Is All Over With Now Bill and Well That It Is As It Is. Here again Wickham reveals a political stance that might be considered outside the norms of the community.

Marsh’s lengthy beard is a documented feature of Wickham’s ancestor. As in several of his other creations, Wickham used a photograph of his subject as a reference. The prominent beard appears in both photograph and sculpture. " - quoted text is from the 2001 Customs House Museum Online Wickham Exhibit.

Picture Gallery
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Sam Davis and Bill Marsh

Davis-Marsh.E.T. and Family

Davis Marsh handshake E.T. Wickham at Work

Sam Davis-Bill Marsh Statue

My mother, ET, and a younger me standing by Davis-Marsh Sam Davis-Bill Marsh Handshake ET at work on Davis-Marsh Statue

Inscriptions
(Front,Rear,Left,Right)

 

IT IS ALL OVER WITH NOW BILL AND WELL THAT IT IS AS IT IS

 

ON NOVEMBER 27 OFFERED HIS FREEDOM IF HE WOULD TELL WHO GAVE HIM THE PAPERS. DAVIS MADE THIS IMMORTAL REPLY.  I WOULD DIE A THOUSAND DEATHS BEFORE I COULD BETRAY A FRIEND


A CIVIL WAR HERO SAM DAVIS BORN AT SMYRMA TENN. JOINED THE THE CONFEDERATED ARMY WHILE A STUDENT AND SERVED AS A SCOUT.
CAPTURED WITHIN FEDERAL LINES IN 1863 CARRYING IMPORTANT PAPERS AND WAS EXECUTED


BILL MARSH WAS BORN IN TURNBULL CREEK DIXON CO. TENN. ON JUNE 8TH 1861. IT WAS LEFT TO A VOTE WHETHER TENN. WOULD REMAIN OR WITHDRAW FROM THE UNION. WHEN THE POLLS WERE OPENED IN THE 18TH DIST. OF MONT. CO. TENN. THEY ANNOUNCED THEY WERE GOING TO HANG THE FIRST MAN THAT VOTED A UNION TICKET. MARSH VOTED THE FIRST ONE. R. L. WICKHAM THE SECOND ONE. THE ONLY TWO IN THIS DIST.

E.T.'s inscription on Davis-Marsh statue

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