Former Laclede County Sheriff memorialized
The name of a Laclede County Sheriff will be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., 158 years after his line of duty death. Robert Boone Harris was killed in the line of duty on May 17, 1865, by Confederate loyalists, after the Civil War had ended. The wall honors members of law enforcement killed in the line of duty. Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap tells us that confederate riders swept through the area, and captured Sheriff Harris about 10 miles northwest of Lebanon and killed him.
Sheriff Harris went unrecognized for 158 years, but the incident was discovered by historians with the Missouri State Archives. On May 13th Sheriff Harris will have his name placed on the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. and Sheriff Millsap has made application to have his name put on the memorial wall in Jefferson City. Sheriff Millsap said there is a plan to have some type of recognition honoring Harris and other former Laclede County Sheriffs on the wall of the new 911-Communications Building, which is slated to open next year.