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Deputy Marshal James Batchelder | United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy Marshal

James Batchelder

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Friday, May 26, 1854

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Massachusetts

Incident Date: 5/26/1854

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Not available

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Deputy Marshal James Batchelder was shot and killed while he and other deputy marshals were attempting to keep a mob of citizens from taking a prisoner at the courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts. The prisoner was an escaped slave from Virginia and was about to be returned to that state.

A group of abolitionists attempted to keep the man in Massachusetts so he would not be returned to slavery, but when their legal pleas failed, they stormed the courthouse by breaking down the main door. Shots were exchanged between the group and the deputy marshals. Deputy Marshal Batchelder was fatally wounded. The other marshals were able to hold the group off.

A total of 18 people were arrested as a result of the incident. Two of them were charged in connection with Deputy Marshal Batchelder's death.

Deputy Marshal Batchelder was survived by his wife.

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Deputy Marshal James Batchelder:

To have faced a mob as a law officer, especially in the days of only the gun and the badge - and little else, is the very core of bravery no matter the circumstances.

To have taken a bullet in the name of the law deems one a hero among heros. Long live such bravery and honor.

To Deputy Marshal James Batcheler I a proud to render a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennylvania State Police
December 26, 2009

 

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