Sheriff Noah H. McGinnis

Sheriff Noah H. McGinnis

Gordon County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, November 27, 1892

Noah H. McGinnis

Sheriff Noah McGinnis was shot and mortally wounded by two notorious train robbers that he and his posse were attempting to arrest near Plainville.

As Sheriff McGinnis and his deputies surrounded their log cabin, gunfire erupted. Sheriff McGinnis was struck in the abdomen with a load of buck-shot, and one of his deputies was seriously wounded. After a lengthy gun battle, one suspect surrendered but the second escaped. Sheriff McGinnis died from his wounds two days later.

The captured suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison May 27, 1893. His sentence was reduced to 20 years September 5, 1899. The second suspect remained at large for more than 9 years. He was apprehended in Dallas, Texas, in July of 1902.

Sheriff McGinnis was a Civil War veteran, having served with the Georgia Calvary.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, November 25, 1892
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in Peace, Sheriff McGinnis. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

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March 31, 2012

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