April 11, 2014

The musket--a smooth bore weapon with a polished surface inside the barrel--was not known for either distance or accuracy. An expert marksman would be lucky to hit a large target--such as a man or a deer--from 40 yards away. If the target was more than a hundred yards...

March 29, 2014

The most famous duel fought on American soil was undoubtedly that between sitting Vice President Aaron Burr and Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. It was a duel that very likely changed the course of American history. Aaron Burr was a hero of the American R...

May 1, 2013

Before the advent of dueling pistols, affairs of honor were fought with swords. Fortune favored the more skilled and agile swordsman, but even a bad swordsman could by chance land a crippling or lethal blow.

 

Pistols were a great equalizer in the matter of duels, as the...

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