Deputy City Marshal W. T. Wise

Deputy City Marshal W. T. Wise

Fort Worth Marshal's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, October 2, 1884

W. T. Wise

Marshal Wise was shot and killed in Oxford, Mississippi, while working undercover in an attempt to apprehend two men who were wanted for murder in Texas. Marshal Wise had first gone to Oxford to return a prisoner to the local sheriff. While in town the Sheriff requested Marshal Wise's assistance to capture the two men. Marshal Wise returned to Fort Worth where he was given permission by the City Marshal to return to Oxford to help with the investigation.

Upon his return to Mississippi, Marshal Wise disguised himself as a cattle buyer and made contact with a man close to the suspects. The man agreed to help Marshal Wise in exchange for part of the reward money. Marshal Wise devised a plan to drug the suspects with tainted whiskey and then take them into custody. The informant, however, betrayed Marshal Wise and informed the suspects of the plan. As Marshal Wise approached the home the suspects ambushed him on the roadway, shooting him with a shotgun and pistol.

The suspects buried his body on the side of the road where it was located the next day by a search team. Three suspects were eventually apprehended and sentenced to death. Two of the sentences were overturned but the third man was hung in Pittsboro, Mississippi, on July 3, 1886.

Marshal Wise had been with the agency for 18 months and was survived by his wife. He is buried in Sarepta Cemetery in Sarepta, Mississippi.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Mississippi
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1886

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Let none forget that we are the first line of defense on American soil, from the enemy within and abroad. God bless the peacemakers.

Thank you, brother, for the sacrifice you made so many years ago. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends".
John 15:13 NAS
You are not forgotten.

Joe Robertson
Deputy Marshal
Fort Worth, Texas

Deputy Joe Robertson
Fort Worth Marshals Office

November 7, 2011

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