Officer Claborne Long

Officer Claborne Long

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, January 10, 1861

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Claborne Long

Officer Claborne Long and Officer Danial Hallam were stabbed on January 9, 1861, in a home on Main Street while searching for a missing girl.

Around 10 pm, the officers had dressed in civilian clothes to visit a madam's home in search of the girl. They were inside the house on the east side of Main Street, between 6th Street and 7th Street, when a father and son pair insisted on entering. The madam refused the admittance because the father held a pistol. The two officers directed her to open the door and attempted to arrest the pair, at which time both officers were stabbed in the side.

Officer Long succumbed to his wound the next morning, while Officer Hallam died later in the evening.

The father was dismissed outright as having no evidence against him. The son was charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. Later a new trial was ordered, and he was released but was arrested for counterfeiting.

Officer Long had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Wednesday, January 9, 1861
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

investigation, missing person, plainclothes

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Claborne Long of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 83 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 10, 2024

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