I used the "define projection" tool to set the coordinate system to my desired projection. Unfortunately the shapefiles still are not lining up. Looking at the layer properties I can only see the extent being different such as -95.122363 ft and 38.3265 ft for one shapefile and much larger numbers such as 12563653.1236 for the other shapefile.
Does this make sense? Basically I defined the projection and am still having trouble.