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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

August 6, 1886 Execution

On August 6, 1886 Kit Ross was executed for the crime of murder. On December 20, 1885 he shot and killed Johnathan Davis. Though wounded, Davis chased Ross for seventy-five yards and wounded him twice before Davis began to weaken from the loss of blood. Davis died that night. Citizens gathered a reward of $150 for Ross' capture and six weeks later he was apprehended.

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.