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Sheriff Lewis F. Webb

Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, March 14, 1912

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Reflections for Sheriff Lewis F. Webb

It is always horrible when a good man dies. Rest in peace, Sheriff Webb. I must say however that the facts are still out on exactly who may have shot whom during this fiasco inside the Carroll County Courthouse. I am intimately familiar with both this story and the Courthouse, Courtroom and knew some of the principals since I grew up there and followed my Father around the Courthouse as a child and learned the story from Dad and others while putting my young fingers into the bullet holes in the Courthouse. I even wrote a book about it. Firstly, there was never a band of "20 mountaineers" from the Allen family present in the Courtroom; and it was never clearly established through ballistics exactly who shot the Sheriff or others who died. A "Death-bed Confession" from a Deputy Clerk Quessinberry, as evinced from an Affidavit sworn to by two men who supposedly heard him, stated that he went to Court that day with the purpose of killing Floyd Allen, who was on trial even though he himself was apparently still a sworn County Special Police Force Officer appointed by the same Democratic Judge he was later accused of killing. According to the Affidavit, Quessinberry confessed that he fired the first shot in the Courtroom that day, thus starting the fracas that resulted in the horrible deaths of Sheriff Webb, the Judge, Commonwealth's Attorney, a Juror and a Witness in another trial, as well as the wounding of Floyd Allen and several other people. The later pardons of several Allen family members speaks volumes in as much as no Governor would ever pardon anyone who had been convicted appropriately of murdering such high officials if they were indeed guilty. This case is still hotly debated within Carroll County and throughout the rest of Virginia as well. While we may never know for sure who actually killed Sheriff Webb on that horrible day one thing is certain, a good man died long before his time.

Special Agent-in-Charge [Retired] Jerry
Department of Defense

April 21, 2019

Rest in Peace Sheriff Webb.

Campbell County Sheriff's Office

November 22, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 11, 2017

Your service and bravery shall never be forgotten. Your family is in our thoughts today. Thank you for your service. Rest in peace Sir.

Lieutenant R.C. Tanner (Retired)
Fairfax County Sheriff's Office

March 14, 2016

My family has a picture of Lewis in our mountain cabin in Pulaski, I'm related to him through my great grandfather Roy Webb. Roy was his grandson and use to say he remembered that other family members grabbed their rifles to head to the court house after the incident, and remembers when they brought his body back on a wagon to the family home.

Lauren Williams
Great, Great, Great grandson

August 2, 2015

My great, great grandfather. I descend through his son, Wise Webb and his son, Kenny Webb and his son, Lloyd Webb my father.

Susan Webb Pyne
Great, great granddaughter

June 28, 2013

As your relative you will never be forgotten. I came across your name in our family reunion book (July 1933) and had no idea about the history of this incident. Your picture will now go on the wall with my father, great uncle and grandfather. A law enforcement family through and through. Thank you for your selfless service..

Officer Warren Webb
Madera Police Department / cousin

June 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 100th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 14, 2012

The wicked flee where no man pursueth, but the righteous are bold as a lion
Proverbs 28:1

You are never forgotten

Friend of Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9-20-08


March 14, 2009



April 8, 2008

The Men and Women of Pulaski County Sheriffs Office would like to thank you for your service R.I.P

Pulaski County Sheriffs Office VA

April 11, 2007

Thank you for paying the ultimate price so many years ago. Your story will always be one of tragedy, but it is reassuring to know that the murderers were hanged. Maybe if we brought hanging back, statistics such as murder would start to drop.

November 23, 2003

On behalf of the men and women of the Virginia State University Police Department, our thoughts and prayers to the Webb family and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

Virginia State University Police Department

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