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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

April 27, 1892 Execution

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?

deputy marshals pose with their rifles for a formal portrait

Fort Smith National Historic Site has records of over 1,770 people employed by the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas from 1872-1896. The majority of these employees were U.S. Deputy Marshals.