Davy Crockett is the kind of name that we all know, but many of us don’t know the true story. After all, when I was a kid I had a coonskin cap a la Davy Crockett and I genuinely believed he was a mythical figure like Paul Bunyan. Turns out, five year old me did not know a lot about American history. Not only was Davy Crockett a real person, but he had an impressive career as a frontiersman, a military member, and even represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Crockett was also a proud resident of the Nashville area, where he is now enshrined. Today, we will be discussing a bit about Davy Crockett and his Nashville connections.
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Who was Davy Crockett? Early Years
Davy Crocket was born on August 17, 1786 in East Tennessee, about 75 miles east of present day Knoxville. Crockett lived nearly all of his life in Tennessee, spending only his last months in Texas as he followed American Westward expansion. Davy (full name David) was born to an average American family at that time, with little wealth of influence to speak of. His parents made their money through their locally owned tavern.
Davy Crockett was not a big fan of school. As one might expect from a frontiersman and noted warrior, Crockett instead opted to forge his own path. After dropping out from school and leaving home at 15, his parents did not recognize their own son when he returned at 16. As a young man, Crockett moved around Tennessee, spending time as a “justice of the peace, Lawrenceburg town commissioner, and colonel of the Fifty-seventh Militia Regiment of Lawrence County.” All of this taking place nearby the recently founded city of Nashville.
Davy Crockett’s Military Career and More
In 1813 as a 27 year old, Crockett joined the Tennessee militia. Crocket began earning a name for himself in the infamous Indian massacre at Tallushatchee fighting under then General Andrew Jackson. Crockett fought in the War of 1812 under Captain John Cowan. Crockett again joined General Andrew Jackson later in the War of 1812 to fight American Indians in the Spanish Florida region, helping the American side claim victory in the area.
Shortly thereafter, Crockett also became a lieutenant in the Tennessee militia. In 1829, Crockett was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a rep from Tennessee. Crockett also won his election bid in 1833, losing in 1827 and 1830.
Perhaps most famous of all Davy Crockett’s deeds was his role in the Battle of the Alamo. Accounts tell a story of Davy Crockett holding the line and bolstering his badly outnumbered troops during the siege. After the thirteen day battle, Mexican troops took the Alamo, capturing a handful of survivors including Crockett himself. Different reports claim that he was executed or was released, but it is commonly believed that Crocket died at the Alamo as an American hero.
Davy Crockett’s Nashville Connections
Davy Crockett was never a proper Nashville native. Yet it must be remembered that the man was actually older than the city itself. Living the bulk of his days in Lawrence County, TN, Nashville is the nearest major city to where Crockett achieved his greatest deeds as a military man, legislator, and community leader. Davy Crockett has numerous modern reminders throughout Nashville, including the Davy Crockett Building.
Davy Crockett has also been memorialized at the Tennessee State Capitol. The bust of Crockett was dedicated in late 2016 and sits directly across the bust of Andrew Johnson. While Crockett’s legacy may not belong to Nashville alone, his story certainly lives on in Tennessee. Davy Crockett carries the rare distinction of being both a well-known folk hero and a very real historical figure who helped shape our nation.
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