• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

April 27, 1892 Execution

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On April 27, 1892, Sheppard Busby, an ex-deputy marshal, was hanged for the murder of Deputy Marshal Barney Connelly. Busby shot and killed the officer as he tried to arrest him for adultery.

Did You Know?

Portrait of Anna Dawes

A woman was responsible for the building of a modern federal jail at Fort Smith, AR, in 1888. Anna Dawes, daughter of Sen. Dawes of MA, visited the "Hell on the Border" jail in 1885 and wrote an article describing its conditions. When read in Congress, money was quickly approved for a new jail.