Prison Guard F. M. Isaacs

Prison Guard F. M. Isaacs

Nevada State Prison, Nevada

End of Watch Friday, October 13, 1871

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F. M. Isaacs

Guard F. M. Isaacs died of injuries he received when he was shot during an escape from the Nevada State Penitentiary.

Twenty nine inmates staged an escape from the Nevada State Penitentiary at Carson City. Guard Isaacs, of the Gold Hill penitentiary, was in the yard when the prisoners began to flee. Guard Isaacs began firing but was hit with a bullet that broke his right knee. A second shot struck him in the hip.

Guard Isaacs did not recover from his injuries and died three weeks later.

The September 17, 1871, prison break was the largest prison break in American History. Of the 29 who escaped 18 were captured and returned to prison. Nine were never seen again. Two were lynched by an angry mob who seized them from a posse who captured them near Mammoth Lakes, California, six days later. A lake they were hanged near was renamed Convict Lake. During a shootout with the two and a third escapee Possemen Robert Morrison and Mono Jim of the Mono County, California, Sheriff's Dept. were shot and killed.

Guard Isaacs had served with the Nevada State Prison for five years and was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 17, 1871
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Guard Isaacs,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Nevada. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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October 13, 2021

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