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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2019 4:16 p.m. PST

….Dueling Grounds

"Alexander Hamilton's last three words—"Pray for me," according to some—could do nothing to save him from fast-approaching death, the result of a deadly duel between him and Vice President Aaron Burr in 1804. Over 200 years later, visitors might not realize that they can still visit the secluded New Jersey dueling ground where Hamilton and his son both died—and that the spot is just one of several infamous locations where America's early leading men met to defend their honor.

By the time Hamilton died in 1804, dueling had become a fixture in the United States. The bloody custom was brought over from Great Britain in 1621. The first two duelists were servants in Plymouth (which had only been founded the year before), Edward Doty and Edward Lester, who fought each other with swords. Neither died, though both suffered minor wounds…."
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