Minor Smith Hobbs
Contributed by Denise Murphy


Minor Smith Hobbs, the son of Nathan Augustus Hobbs, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Lankford, was born on July 24, 1830 in Greene County, Georgia. Census records show him living in Penfield, Greene County, Georgia in 1860.

Minor enlisted with the Dawson Grays on April 26, 1861 and enlisted as a Private in Company C of the 3rd Georgia Infantry claiming residence in Greene County. Minor was wounded on May 3, 1863 at Chancellorsville, Virginia. He was promoted to Full Corporal 4th Class in 1864. Minor was wounded again on July 30, 1864 at Petersburg, Virginia (Crater). He states in his pension application that one wound was by gunshot through his left shoulder, disabling it. He also stated that his right groin was affected so that the leg at times becomes useless and painful. He surrendered at Appomattox Court House in Virginia on April 9, 1865 having served from enlistment to surrender. He was discharged as a Corporal where he had served the Confederacy with Distinguished Service.

A kettle drum is on display at the Georgia State Capital that is said to have been brought home to Greene County by Minor after the end of the Civil War. This kettle drum came to Company C from Greene County when the regiment was first organized in April 1861. Seaborn Barnwell was the first and only regimental drummer. Barnwell beat the calls made for the regiment until the surrender at Appomattox where the drum was hung on the regimentís stacked guns by Barnwell. When it was time to go home, Hobbs was unable to leave the drum and brought it back to Greene County. He kept it for many years before taking the drum to a reunion where he turned it over to Captain William A. Wright. Captain Wright was also a member of the regiment and son of General Ambrose C. Wright, the regimentís first colonel. Captain Wright eventually gave the drum to a survivorís committee to be placed in the Georgia State Capitol.

On November 1, 1864, Minor married Elizabeth Lankford in Oglethorpe County. They had one son, William Hobbs. Elizabeth died in Penfield on August 11, 1872 after a protracted affliction.

Minor is living in Penfield in 1870.

On September 5, 1879, he married Elizabeth A. Nash in Oglethorpe County.

In 1898, he filed for an Indigent Pension in Taliaferro County, Georgia. He was still living in Taliaferro County in 1900 and 1910.

Minor made his living as a painter.

He died in Oglethorpe County, Georgia in August 1912 and was buried at Hobbs Cemetery in Oglethorpe County.


Civil War bullet"Return Fire" to 3rd GVI Veterans Page
worth@ucla.edu, 6/14/2012