Hamilton and Burr Duel by Kimberly Bond

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  • Burr
  • New Jersey, 1804
  • How dare you make someone not vote for me! I challenge you to a duel for wronging me in this election!
  • Hamilton
  • Although I would prefer not to, I accept your duel!
  • Both Hamilton and Burr brought their seconds, William P. Van Ness and Judge Nathaniel Pendleton and also a doctor. Other people who are not very well known also attended.
  • Dueling Ground, Weehawken, New Jersey, July 11, 1804
  • Shoot on three. One, two, three.
  • Dueling Ground, Weehawken, New Jersey, July 11, 1804
  • It's believed that Hamilton threw away his shot, and then Burr shot Hamilton while he was basically unarmed.
  • The next day, Hamilton died in Manhattan with many family members at his side. Although the bullet wound from the duel was not fatal at first, with the medical technology at the time could not save Hamilton.
  • Manhattan, New York, July 12, 1804
  • Hamilton was charged with murder in New York and New Jersey, but because he was vice president at the time, he finished his term without prosecution, and did not get prosecuted later on either.
  • I regrettably drop the charges of murder against you.
  • Personally, I believe that there were many things that could have been done to prevent the duel. Hamilton could have easily withdrew his statements against Burr and the whole thing might have been avoided. Also, I think that the subject of dueling is very outdated and in fact barbaric. People should not kill each other over small offenses, especially in a political world.
  • Mr Rabago's Eighth Grade History Class
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