April 21, 2018

Today in History: Hamilton & Burr Duel

Pistols used by Hamilton and Burr
Today in History–July 11–the Library of Congress features the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that took place on this date in 1804 and resulted in the death of Hamilton. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to learn more about these two men and the once-legal practice of dueling.

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Dueled to the Death from America’s Library

Aaron Burr images

A Duel with Rifles, blog post from In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress

Gen. Hamilton’s Funeral! The National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser. (Washington City [D.C.]), 20 July 1804

Hamilton Burr duel historical newspaper coverage

Periodical articles

The Burr-Hamilton duel, with correspondence preceding same, etc (1889), from the National Archives

The Duel, an article from GW Magazine Fall 2005

The Duel PBS American Experience documentary website

Primary Source Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton

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