Dueling in Charleston : Violence Refined in the Holy City

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  • Copyright: 2012-11-20
  • Publisher: History Pr
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Though no landmarks or memorials formally recognize dueling in Charleston, it remains a quintessential element of the Holy City’s legacy. Most upstanding locals nourished the duelist’s tradition, many going so far as to make it an integral part of their social lives. For a time, even the most casual character insults or slurs toward one’s moral fiber or family lineage invited a challenge, and, almost always, the offended party was expected to retaliate. Thus, finding full expression in frequency and public acceptance throughout the Lowcountry, a gentleman’s duel was a crucial—albeit deadly—matter of taste and caste. For two centuries, Charlestonians dueled habitually, settling personal grievances with malice instead of mediation. Author J. Grahame Long, curator of history at the Charleston Museum, presents a charming portrait of this dreadfully civilized custom.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 9
Sinners in the Holy City: Charleston's Hot Weather, Hotter Tempersp. 11
Judicium Dei: In the Beginningp. 23
Prelude to a Duel: Wars of Words and Whereaboutsp. 33
The Written Word: Mandates, Manuals and Mr. Wilsonp. 45
Seconds Count: Composure amongst Carnagep. 55
Armed and Dangerous: Weaponry for the Would-Be Duelistp. 65
Apology Accepted…or Not: Forgiveness in the Field of Honorp. 77
Sadism and the South: The Malevolent Melees of Men…and Womenp. 87
Civics and Sermons: Dueling's Naysayers and Ne'er-Do-Wellsp. 99
Dooming the Duelist: Francis W. Dawson and a Farewell to Fightingp. 111
Notesp. 125
Bibliographyp. 135
Indexp. 147
About the Authorp. 157
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