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The Hamilton - Burr Duel
On July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met at Weehawken, NJ to resolve their political and personal differences with pistols. What happened that morning and the events that led up to this dark day are still subjects of controversy after two centuries. The following links will take you to web pages which attempt to make some sense of the Duel.
- Pistols at Weehawken, written by Al Berg and Lauren Sherman of the Weehawken Historical Commission, is a brief summary of the events that led up to the Duel. This is an Adobe Acrobat file.
- Obituary of Alexander Hamilton, from the New York Evening Post of July 17th, 1804. This image is from the collection of the New York Historical Society. This is an Adobe Acrobat file.
- An Investigation Into the Location of the Weehawken Duelling Ground - this document details research conducted by industrial archaeologist Thomas Flagg attempting to locate the duel site via examination of source documents and maps. Mr. Flagg provided this document to the Historical Commission and gave us permission to publish it, for which we thank him.
Update (4-20-2004) - This photograph, taken by Mr. Flagg, shows what the dueling ground looks
like today, according to his research. He states that the location of the duel would be approximately at the center of this photo.
Update (4-20-2004) - Click here for an image of the 1841 map referred to in Mr. Flagg's paper... a smaller image of this map detailing the area around the duel site can be seen here
- Where Hamilton Fell - The Exact Location of the Famous Duelling Ground, from the Hoboken Evening News of June 10, 1898 provides one theory as to the exact location of the duel.
- The Weehawken Duelling Ground, from Appleton's Journal, a magazine of general literature, science and art - Volume 1, Issue 11, June 12, 1869. In this article, James Grant Wilson, a respected biographer of the 19th century, writes briefly about the duel and then speaks of going to the site with someone who knew it well sometime before 1869 and then again in 1869 to note the changes. This piece provides some slightly different information than what we have found elsewhere. (Located by Lauren Sherman and Willie Demontreux)
- Chapter VIII - Duels, from
History of the County of Hudson, New Jersey from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time
by Charles H. Winfield
published by Kennard and Hay - 80 Liberty Street, New York - 1874
Interview at Weehawken
- the New York Historical Society's site recounting the Duel.
- Duelling as Politics: Reinterpreting the Burr-Hamilton Duel by Joanne B. Freeman - article published in The William and Mary Quarterly. 3d Series, Vol. 53, No. 2, April 1996.
- Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America by Thomas Fleming.
- American Experience: The Duel is a documentary made by PBS and based on Thomas Fleming's book. The film's web site contains a transcript of the film as well as a lot of interesting information on the Duel and duelling in America.
- From Our Correspondents: Route 3, is an article published in the February 16/23, 2004 issue of The New Yorker Magazine, includes an interview with Historical Commission Chairman Ed Fleckenstein about the location of the Duel, still a topic of much controversy.
- Back in October 2000, Ed Fleckenstein was interviewed on the National Public Radio show The Next Big Thing about the Duel.
- The New Yorker's Talk of the Town column for May 31, 2004 concerns the Duel and our re-enactment.
- Click here to see the pistols used in the Duel.
- The monument marking the Hamilton Burr Duel has a long and twisted history, which continues to this day. Click here for a history of the Duel Monument written by Willie Demontreux of the Weehawken Historical Commission. The document includes pictures of the past monuments, today's monument and the plaques scheduled to be unveiled on July 11, 2004.
- You can find more information about the Duel and its connection to Weehawken at The Weehawken Time Machine, the web site of the Weehawken Historical Commission. You'll also find hundreds of pictures, documents and other interesting items about Weehawken's history.