Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Sam Davis

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Location: less than .1 miles west of Minor Hill Highway (Tennessee 11) and accessible from Tennessee 11 by turning on Monument Drive, Minor Hill, TN
County: Giles
Coordinates: N 35° 11.807    W 087° 10.409
  35.19678333    -87.17348333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


born October 6, 1842
enlisted April 30, 1861
captured November 19, 1863
executed November 27, 1863

A young Confederate soldier better known is Sam Davis from Smyrna Tennessee was a private in the first Tennessee infantry. He was nineteen years old and was a scout under Capt. Coleman, alias Dr. HB Shaw, known as Coleman’s scouts. Coleman’s scouts were gathering information about the union forces moving from middle Tennessee.

On November 20, 1863, Davis was captured by the Seventh Kansas Calvary on Lambs Ferry Road just below Minor Hill. He was carrying important documents to a General Braxton Bragg in Chattanooga. Davis was carried to Pulaski, Tennessee where he was jailed. He was court-martialed and condemned to death by hanging. General Dodge offered Davis his freedom for the source of his information. Davis fused to tell repeatedly. The 21-old soldier proclaimed “No, I cannot, I would rather die 1000 deaths than betray a friend or be faults to a duty”.

On the eve of his execution he wrote his mother a letter. Dear mother, oh how painful it is to write you. I have to die tomorrow morning - to be hung by the federals. Mother, do not grieve fo[r] me. I must bid you good-by for evermore, Mother. I do not hate to die. Give my love to all.
Your Dear Son Sam

On Nov 27, 1863 Davis road in a wagon, seated upon his own coffin from Giles County jail to a hill in East Pulaski overlooking the town. This was where the 21-year hero was hung to death.

Sam Davis was buried in Pulaski it Maplewood Cemetery, a few days later, a friend of the family and a younger brother road to Pulaski in a wagon to identify the body. They exhumed the body, which was identified as Davis & then carried back to Smyrna, Tenn. Where his mother was hoping to see an empty wagon return but instead it was carrying her son’s body. He was buried Christmas Eve and the family cemetery.