It looks like the Davis-Limber statue may wind up in a place where very few people will get to see it. The statue was origininally offered to the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar before the SCV pulled out of the deal. They are now looking to see if the state of Mississippi is interested in it; this is likely to go down in a ball of flames. A few people associated with Beauvoir have expresed interest in the statue. This would be an ideal place for the statue since it served as Jefferson Davis’s residence after the war and is currently managed by the Mississipi Division, SCV. It’s a beautiful place and by all appearances the SCV has done an excellent job of restoring the property following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Still, if the deal goes through it is hard not to consider the entire project to be a failure. After all, the goal was to counter or balance the Lincoln-Tad statue on the grounds at Tredegar, which many in the SCV find offensive. Don’t ask me why. A sitting Lincoln with his arm around Tad doesn’t seem to me to be very shocking. Finally, if the deal does go through the SCV would have offered the statue to themselves. I wonder if they will accept it.