Special Officer Charles Burvel Graves

Special Officer Charles Burvel Graves

Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Friday, November 18, 1932

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Charles Burvel Graves

Special Officer Charles Graves succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day several miles south of Calera, Alabama, while attempting to arrest several hobos.

He was shot once in the chest and in one leg. He was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds early the next morning.

Officer Graves had served with the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police for 14 years. He had previously served with the Cullman Police Department and as the elected sheriff of Cullman County. He was survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alabama
  • Incident Date Thursday, November 17, 1932
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

arrest attempt

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We Will Always Remember Your Sacrifice.
To fully appreciate and honor Special Officer Graves for his dedication we must remember that on 4-15-1920 Sheriff Graves shot and killed a moonshiner in self defense and later was indicted for 2nd degree murder, tried convicted and sentenced to 10 years. After a full review by the Governor, on 10-16-1920 ex-Sheriff Graves was paroled and given a full pardon with all rights and privileges restored. He was employed by L&N railroad in Birmingham, Al when on 6-13-1929 he was shot by a hobo 4 times (3 glancing shots to the breast, waist and arm and 1 shot to the foot). After a full recovery, he was shot dead by hobos on 10-15-1932.

Claude Neal Hudson - Historian
Rising Sun Lodge #29 F&AM

June 1, 2019

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