Sunday, August 24, 2008

Jefferson Davis sites gain visits

Jefferson Davis sites gain visits amid Lincoln 200th fervor
>>By Joe Biesk
>>Associated Press
>>FRANKFORT, Ky. -- From Abraham Lincoln's boyhood residence to the
>>Mary Todd Lincoln house, visitors this year are flocking to Kentucky
>>sites dedicated to the 16th president.
>>But Lincoln's Confederate counterpart, Jefferson Davis, is
>>experiencing a similar resurgence. Kentucky, which claims both men
>>as native sons and has statues of both in its Capitol Rotunda, isn't
>>the only place experiencing a Davis boost.
>>"It'll be hard for anyone to approach the level of attention that
>>Abraham Lincoln gets because he's always classified as one of our
>>greatest presidents," said Paul Bradshaw, manager of a Davis
>>historic site in Georgia. "But I think there's a trend to learn more
>>about the other side."
>>Interest in both Civil War presidents seems on the rise, amid a
>>two-year blitz surrounding Lincoln's 200th birthday next February.
>>This June marked 200 years since the birth of Davis, who served as
>>president of the Confederacy.