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Posseman Samuel Waite Seawell | United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

Posseman

Samuel Waite Seawell

United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 26, 1879

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: North Carolina

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Sentenced to 5 years

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Posseman Samuel Seawell was shot and killed in Cumnock, Lee County, North Carolina, after he and other officers raided an illegal still site in Moore County and confiscated the still and equipment.

The owner of the still had learned of the seizure and set out after the officers and located them at the Euphronia Church, near Cumnock. The man dismounted his horse, immediately shot Posseman Seawell, and then held the other officers at gunpoint as he ordered them to handover the equipment.

The man fled but was later captured in Bennettsville, South Carolina. He was returned to North Carolina where he was convicted of murdering Posseman Seawell and was sentenced to five years in prison. Following his release from prison he was arrested again for moonshining. He was sentenced to one year in federal prison in New York where he later died while serving the sentence.

Posseman Seawell served as a major in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was survived by his wife, two children, and his parents and is buried at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Carthage, North Carolina.

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Mr. Seawell,
On today, the 136th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
February 26, 2015

 

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