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Death by duel of naval hero Stephen Decatur...
Item # 638181
March 25, 1820
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 25, 1820
* Stephen Decatur Killed (1st report)
* United States Navy commodore
* Duel vs. James Barron
The ftpg. has an article with small head: "Melancholy Occurrence" which begins: "A duel was fought on Wednesday...between the victor of the Macedonian, Com. Decatur, and com. Barron who commanded the Chesapeake frigate...They fought at 8 paces with pistols---at the first fire both were wounded--com. Decatur through the abdomen of which he died..." with more.
Further in the issue is another report with a small head: "Com. Decatur" with has a bit more detail concerning the funeral, etc.
Among other reports in this issue are: "Relations with Spain" which includes a report signed in type: John Quincy Adams; "Supreme Court of the U. States" "National Currency--Report of the Secretary of the Treasury" and various reports from Congress including items signed in type by James Monroe and John Quincy Adams.
Complete in 24 pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, generally nice.
This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. Wikipedia notes: "Niles...Register (was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."
Category: Pre-Civil War