Federal Prohibition Agent Charles Edward Howell

Federal Prohibition Agent Charles Edward Howell

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, July 17, 1921

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Charles Edward Howell

Federal Prohibition Agent Howell was ambushed and shot to death in Limestone County, Alabama, shortly after raiding a still.

Despite a massive manhunt, the subject who shot Agent Howell was never identified.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alabama
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never identified

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Thanks all of you for honoring Charles Edward. He was my great grandfather. He was an honorable man cut down in the prime of life, raiding a still on the north bank of the Tennessee river in Decatur, AL. His death left his wife with four children to raise, and very few resources for doing so.

All of the children had to go to work. My grandfather was 11 years old when he took his first job mucking out stalls at a livery stable.

The sacrifice Charles made impacted our family for decades.

Great grandson

August 19, 2017

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