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Smyrna in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Dewitt Smith Jobe

Confederate Scout

 
 
Dewitt Smith Jobe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
1. Dewitt Smith Jobe Marker
Inscription.  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,
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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

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DeWitt Smith Jobe (left) - Courtesy Confederate Veteran Magazine
Coleman Scouts (below) - Courtesy Confederate Veteran Magazine
 
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1881.
 
Location. 35° 58.912′ N, 86° 31.168′ W. Marker is in Smyrna, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Wright Street, on the right when traveling north on Front Street. The marker is located on the grounds of the Smyrna Depot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smyrna TN 37167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Dewitt Smith Jobe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
2. Dewitt Smith Jobe Marker
of this marker. Smyrna Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Dewitt Smith Jobe (approx. 0.3 miles away); Smyrna Rosenwald School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Smyrna, Tennessee Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Smyrna, Tennessee World War II Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Captain Jeff Kuss, USMC (approx. one mile away); Smyrna Airport (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smyrna.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 852 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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