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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Andrew Jackson Kills Charles Dickinson in a Duel - 1806
This just announced...Murder & Mayhem was an honored "runner-up finalist" in the 2012 Indie Excellence National Best Book Awards in the True Crime category
On this day in 1806, future President Andrew Jackson
kills Charles Dickinson in a duel.
The proud and volatile Jackson called for the duel after
his wife Rachel was slandered as a bigamist by Dickinson, who was referring to
a legal error in the divorce from her first husband in 1791. Jackson met his
foe at Harrison's Mills on Red River in Logan, Kentucky, on May 30, 1806. In
accordance with dueling custom, the two stood 24 feet apart, with pistols
pointed downward. After the signal, Dickinson fired first, grazing Jackson's
breastbone and breaking some of his ribs. However, Jackson, a former Tennessee
militia leader, maintained his stance and fired back, fatally wounding his
opponent. It was one of several duels Jackson was said to have participated in
during his lifetime, the majority of which were allegedly called in defense of
his wife's honor. None of the other rumored duels were recorded, and whether he
killed anyone else in this manner is not known. In 1829, Rachel died, and
Jackson was elected the seventh President of the United States.