Sheriff Robert Maxwell

Sheriff Robert Maxwell

Washington District Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, November 12, 1797

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Robert Maxwell

Sheriff Robert Maxwell was shot and killed after being ambushed while on his way to court in Pickensville, South Carolina.

He was riding his horse and attempting to cross the Saluda River, near where the modern-day Piedmont Mill Dam is located. The suspects ambushed him because he was a law enforcement officer. One man was arrested but acquitted at trial.

Sheriff Maxwell was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He was survived by his wife and son and is buried in the Maxwell family cemetery, on what was his plantation near Ware Place, Greenville County, South Carolina.

Washington District consisted of what later became Pendleton County, Greenville County, Anderson County, and Pickens County.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, November 10, 1797
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted


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Sheriff Maxwell,
On today, the 225th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 12, 2022

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