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

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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October 7, 1887 Execution

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Silas Hampton and Seaborn Kalijah were executed on October 7, 1887. Hampton, an 18 year old Cherokee, killed a white farmer, Abner Lloyd, for $7.50 and a pocketknife. When arrested, Hampton reportedly said "Don't take me to Fort Smith; kill me right now." After arresting Seaborn Kalijah on January 17, 1887, Deputy John Phillips left the prisoner in the care of his posse: Mark Kuykendall, Henry Smith and William Kelly. Upon returning the next morning, Phillips found the three lawmen murdered and Kalijah gone. The prisoner was rearrested and found guilty of the killings.

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.