Deputy Collector Joe L. Spurrier

Deputy Collector Joe L. Spurrier

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

End of Watch Thursday, October 27, 1892

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Joe L. Spurrier

Deputy Collector Joe Spurrier, Deputy Collector Stephen Mather, and Revenue Agent Creed Cardwell, were shot and killed in an ambush in Lincoln County, Tennessee, while en route to investigate reports of an illegal liquor still. They were ambushed as they were riding their horses down a remote trail. The agents were able to return fire and one of the suspects was also shot and killed.

Deputy Collector Mather was killed at the scene. Other agents were able to take the two wounded agents to a local doctor where Agent Cardwell died later in the day. Chief Deputy Spurrier was taken to his home in Nashville where he succumbed to his wounds three weeks later.

Deputy Collector Spurrier had served in federal law enforcement for 12 years. Before joining the Revenue Service he had served with the US Marshals Services.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Tennessee
  • Incident Date Friday, October 7, 1892
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Collector Spurrier,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


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October 27, 2022

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