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Guard John F. Campbell

New Castle County Workhouse, Delaware

End of Watch Friday, October 22, 1909

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Reflections for Guard John F. Campbell

112 years later, we do not well brother...duty done.

Albert J Wysock
Cheswold PD & (New Castle County retired)

October 21, 2021

You are still remembered brother.

Sgt. Albert J. Wysock
Cheswold PD & (New Castle County PD retired)

October 25, 2020

Actually, the prisoner was not 'mortally wounded.' Here is the entry about Guard Campbell in the glossary of my book about patients at the Delaware State Hospital who were admitted between 1894 and 1920. The prisoner who shot and killed Guard Campbell at the Workhouse was Noah Graham.

"Guard Campbell" John F. Campbell was a guard at the New Castle County Workhouse. In 1909, he was shot and killed with his own revolver during an altercation with a young African American prisoner named Noah Graham. It was never clear if the revolver went off during the struggle for its possession, or if Graham was in control of the gun and deliberately and intentionally shot and killed Guard Campbell. In either case, after Campbell had been shot, one of the other guards shot Graham, wounding him. Graham eventually was declared insane and sent to DSH, placed in restraints, and kept under constant watch. He was admitted to the hospital on January 26, 1910 and died there of tuberculosis less than a year later, on January 6, 1911. He was buried in the Delaware State Hospital Spiral Cemetery, Grave #193.

The book is titled "Remembering Farnhurst: Stories from the Delaware State Hospital, 1894 to 1920.

Katherine Dettwyler
Research, writer, anthropologist, historian.

November 8, 2018

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 26, 2017

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Detective Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

March 17, 2013

Rest in Peace, Guard Campbell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 22, 2009

Almost 100 years ago you gave your life for the people of Delaware. I am the second of what I hope will be many more reflections to say thank you for that. May you always rest in peace knowing that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 22, 2008

RIP.I am the first to write this here but let you know that you are not forgotten and that even tho your tour of duty is over you can rest easy now.


October 18, 2008

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