Tales of the US Marshals: M.H. Adams, Posseman, Deputy U S Marshal - US Deputy Marshal
On Wednesday, October 1, 1873, Deputy U. S. Marshal Seth Beardsley and his posseman, Adams were taking twenty-six Osage Indians who were charged with murder back to Ft. Smith for trial.
The day grew late so the lawmen set up camp thirty miles from Ft. Gibson near Kansas, Indian Territory, in the Cherokee Country.
The prisoners were secured, but sometime during the night the Indians were able to secure a gun, shoot both of the lawmen to death and escape.
Even though the U. S. Army helped other marshals in the search no record can be found of the identity of the Indians or if they were ever recaptured.
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