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Brown-Reynolds Duel Collection, 1854-1906

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Identifier: A0188

Title: Brown-Reynolds Duel Collection, 1854-1906


The duel between Benjamin Gratz Brown and Thomas C. Reynolds was fought August 26, 1856, on an island in the Mississippi River near Selma. The dispute began in April 1854, when Brown was editor of the St. Louis Democrat. Reynolds found fault with an article attacking him. The dispute was on and off for two years until the duel was fought. Mr. Brown was wounded in the knee.

Collection includes correspondence between Reynolds and Brown regarding articles in the Democrat; articles of agreement and correspondence regarding the procedures of the duel; printed newspaper articles regarding the duel; and typed manuscript with handwritten notes by William Vincent Byars, "Issues of Civil War Under the Pierce Administration Illustrated in the Hostile Correspondence and Duel between B. Gratz Brown and Thomas C. Reynolds."

Bulk of materials are from the William K. Bixby Collection.

Approximately 50 items

Cite as: Brown-Reynolds Duel Collection, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States

Dates: 1854-1906

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Reynolds, Thomas C. (Thomas Caute), 1821-1887

Subjects: Dueling
Civil War, 1861-1865
Politics and government


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