Sheriff Receives Civil War Memento
Updated: Thursday, January 24 2013, 06:22 PM EST
A small piece of American history was presented to Haywood Countys current sheriff Thursday. It was something his Civil War counterpart was wearing when he was murdered. Sheriff Bobby Suttles received the "rosette" that Sheriff Phillip Noland was wearing when he was shot and killed by deserters in 1862.
Noland's descendants and law enforcement officers gathered at what's now known as "Noland's Gap" for the presentation. Nolands great grandson, Lindon Nichols says, It means a whole lot. Its history and it's good to have pieces of history fall into place. Sheriff Suttles says about Noland, He was doing the job he was required to do and of course that's what got him killed hunting deserters. That's why he died. Sheriff Suttles says it's an honor to receive the rosette. He says at the time, metal was scarce and flowers were worn as a badges. Sheriff Noland was the first law enforcement officer in Haywood County who died in the line of duty.