Dewitt Smith Jobe

Dewitt Smith Jobe (HM1B41)

Location: Smyrna, TN 37167 Rutherford County
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N 35° 58.912', W 86° 31.168'

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Confederate Scout

Rutherford County native DeWitt Smith Jobe was a member of Capt. Henry B. Shaw's Coleman's Scouts, a Confederate cavalry unit and spy network that served the Army of Tennessee. The men operated behind Union lines, remaining out of sight in the daytime and traveling at night. After obtaining intelligence about Federal plans and movement, the Scouts forwarded their reports to army headquarters by courier.

Jobe first served in the 20th Tennessee Infantry and was wounded and captured at the Battle of Mill Springs on January 19, 1862. He returned home after a prisoner exchange and joined Coleman's Scouts in 1863. The following year, he spent much of his time gathering information in the area around Triune and Nolensville. On August 29, 1864, Jobe hid in a cornfield to rest, but a mounted patrol of the 115th Ohio Infantry had spotted his tracks and surrounded his hiding place. When he realized that escape was impossible, Jobe ripped up the dispatches he was carrying and chewed them up enough to destroy them. Furious because Jobe would not divulge the contents of the papers, the Union soldiers reportedly tortured him to get him to talk, but he refused, Finally after gouging out Jobe's eyes and cutting off his tongue, the Federals tied a leather strap around his neck and dragged him to death behind a galloping horse. Despite the horrific ordeal, Jobe kept his secret to the end.

"That while we regret, with the sorrow of our inmost souls, D.S. Jobe's cruel fate, we can but recollect with pride how nobly he died—strangled, beaten and abused; yet he defied his persecutors to the end." — Resolution of the Coleman Scouts, 1866

DeWitt Smith Jobe (left) - Courtesy Confederate Veteran Magazine
Coleman Scouts (below) - Courtesy Confederate Veteran Magazine
HM NumberHM1B41
Series This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 4:00pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 543319 N 3982043
Decimal Degrees35.98186667, -86.51946667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 58.912', W 86° 31.168'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 58' 54.72" N, 86° 31' 10.08" W
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Area Code(s)615, 931
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 166-168 Front St, Smyrna TN 37167, US
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