Officer Thomas DeVane, V

Officer Thomas DeVane, V

Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, August 5, 1865

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Thomas DeVane, V

Officer Thomas DeVane succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two days earlier.

He was accosted at the intersection of 5th Street and Orange Street and shot once in the groin. He was taken to his home where he succumbed to his wounds two days later.

On the same night that Officer DeVane was shot and killed, a group of drunk Union soldiers attacked police officers in several other locations. No suspects were ever identified or arrested in connection with his murder.

Officer DeVane was a Confederate Army veteran and had served with the Wilmington Police Department for only six months. He was survived by his expectant wife and two children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 3, 1865
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never identified

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Officer DeVane - I have read that "the good soldier is peaceful, the skilled boxer strikes not in anger, and that the victor is not vengeful". I am ashamed to read that Union soldiers may likely have brought about your death. Shame on them.

Thank you for your service to the people of Wilmington and the state of Nort Carolina. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 9, 2012

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