Duel in Charleston
By Jeannette Holland Austin (profile)
"A report reached us last week that Mr. McDuffie of South Carolina had been killed in a duel by Mr. Metcalfe of Kentucky. But this was not the fact. A challenge was sent by McDuffie to Metcalfe and accepted. Judge Clarke, who acted as the friend of General Metcalf proposed rifles, as the weapons to be used on the occasion. This was objected to by Major Hamilton, the friend of McDuffie, who contended that the weapon should be pistols. Judge Clarke resisted on their right to the choice, which was not conceded by Major Hamilton. And here the matter rests." Source: The Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia. March 12, 1827.
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