|My travel buddy striking a pose...|
The first stop on our trip was the Greenwood Cemetery located just outside of Columbia, TN. Columbia is the location of the only still standing residence of James K Polk (outside of the White House of course) as well, as the final resting places of many of his family members. After wandering the cemetery, we located his parents graves, paid our respects and were off again....
|Grave of Jane Polk, James K Polk's Mother|
|Grave of Samuel Polk, James K Polk's Father|
Not far from Columbia, and located in a quaint little cemetery at the Zion Presbyterian Church, is located the grave of Samuel 'Rush' Watkins. For those of you familiar with Ken Burn's Civil War, you'll know that Sam's book, 'Company Aytch: Or a Side Show, to the Big Show' was used for examples of the life of a foot soldier fighting for the Confederacy.
the Natchez Trace, and is the location where on the night of October 11, 1809, he likely took his own life.