Revenue Agent S. Creed Cardwell

Revenue Agent S. Creed Cardwell

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

End of Watch Friday, October 7, 1892

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S. Creed Cardwell

Revenue Agent Creed Cardwell, Deputy Collector Stephen Mather, and Chief Deputy Revenue Collector Joe Spurrier 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.

Revenue Agent Cardwell served with the United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue - Division of Revenue Agents. He was survived by his wife, children, and sister.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Tennessee
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, investigation

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Agent Cardwell,
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 7, 2022

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