Deputy Sheriff John Isham Mount

Deputy Sheriff John Isham Mount

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, July 2, 1881

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John Isham Mount

Deputy Sheriff John Mount and City Marshal William Patton, of the Fayetteville Police Department, were shot and killed while standing in the town square.

Marshal Patton had received death threats after fatally shooting a man while making an arrest several months prior. As he and Deputy Mount spoke in the town square they were shot from ambush and both killed. Their killer was never apprehended.

Deputy Mount was survived by his wife and four children. Deputy Mount was a Confederate Civil War Veteran enlisting in 1861 at age 17 with the Arkansas 16th Infantry, Company G. He and his entire regiment of 248 officers and men surrendered to General Nathaniel Banks on July 9, 1863, after being trapped by Banks' Army and the Union Navy for 48 days at Port Hudson, Louisiana. He was paroled on November 13, 1863. He reentered the war and surrendered with his regiment in 1865.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

ambush, retaliation

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Deputy Sheriff Mount,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Washington County.


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July 2, 2021

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