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Newspaper Reports of Duels Fought at the Bladensburg Dueling Ground

We have previously written about dueling, a practice by which gentleman who considered themselves of equal social standing would respond to a serious insult by fighting, sometimes to the death, with pistols. Many of these duels were fought at the Bladensburg Dueling Ground, located just outside the boundaries of Washington, D.C. One of my favorite digital collections offered by the Library of Congress is Chronicling America, a collection of digitized newspapers dating back to the nation’s founding that offers the ability to conduct full text searches. After paying a visit to Bladensburg several months ago, I decided to see if I could find some accounts of duels that were fought at Bladensburg in Chronicling America. A search for “duel” AND “Bladensburg” returned 42 results. Here are some of the highlights:

Burlington hawk-eye. (Burlington, Iowa) 1845-185x, June 12, 1851, Image 1

Delaware gazette. (Delaware, Ohio) 1855-1886, February 26, 1858, Image 2 part 1

Delaware gazette. (Delaware, Ohio) 1855-1886, February 26, 1858, Image 2 part 2

Delaware gazette. (Delaware, Ohio) 1855-1886, February 26, 1858, Image 2 part 3

Evansville weekly journal. (Evansville, Ind.) 184x-18xx, June 29, 1848, Image 2

Evening star. (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, August 25, 1860, Image 3

Green-Mountain freeman. (Montpelier, Vt.) 1844-1884, February 12, 1846, Image 2

Maumee express. (Maumee City, Ohio) 1837-1838, September 23, 1837, Image 2

New-York daily tribune. (New-York [N.Y.]) 1842-1866, June 17, 1843, Image 2

Port Tobacco times, and Charles County advertiser. (Port Tobacco, Md.) 1845-1898, September 27, 1860, Image 1 part 1

Port Tobacco times, and Charles County advertiser. (Port Tobacco, Md.) 1845-1898, September 27, 1860, Image 1 part 2

Port Tobacco times, and Charles County advertiser. (Port Tobacco, Md.) 1845-1898, September 27, 1860, Image 1 part 3

Semi-weekly standard. (Raleigh, N.C.) 1853-18xx, April 01, 1854, Image 3

The daily dispatch. (Richmond [Va.]) 1850-1884, February 24, 1858, Image 2

The Evansville daily journal. (Evansville, Ia. [i.e. Ind.]) 1848-1862, July 06, 1848, Image 2

Virginia free press. (Charlestown, Va. [W. Va.]) 1832-1916, October 30, 1834, Image 2

Weekly North Carolina standard. (Raleigh, N.C.) 1850-1858, August 13, 1856, Image 1

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