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Death by duel of naval hero Stephen Decatur...



Item # 681217

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.

As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Item from Catalog 310 (released for September, 2021)...

Item from Catalog 311 (released for October, 2021)...

Category: Pre-Civil War