Creator

Date Original

1825

Description

This is the prosecuting attorney's indictment of William Henderson and Samuel Caruthers for dueling with pistols.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dueling was a popular tradition for settling matters of honor between men from the 17th century through the early 19th century. By the time of the Civil War though, it's popularity had declined. Legislation continually condemned dueling but it didn't fully stop until public opinion shifted away from the dangerous practice.

Transcription

United States of America
Territory of Arkansas
County of Lawrence
In the Circuit Court in and for
the County of Lawrence aforesaid of
March term in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and twenty five
The Grand Jurors of the United States impannelled[sic]
charged and sworn to inquire in and for the body of
the County of Lawrence aforesaid upon their oath
present that William Henderson late of said
county did on the seventh day of November in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and twenty four at the count of Lawrence aforesaid
wilfully[sic] and maliciously send a
verbal challenge to one Samuel Caruthers to
fight a duel with weapons the consequence of
which might be death to one of said parties towit[sic],
with pistols which said challenge was there and
then accepted of by said Caruthers and the
the[sic] said William Henderson and Samuel
Caruthers did then and there agree to fight a
duel with weapons towit[sic] with pistols the
consequence of which might be death to one of
said parties contrary to the form of the
statute in said case made and provided
and against the peace and dignity of the
United States and of this Territory
T. Dickinson, Prosecuting attorney

Physical Description

Document, 8" x 12.5"

Subjects

Documents; Manuscripts; Law; Law enforcement; Dueling; Crimes; Criminal investigations

Contributor

Townsend Dickinson

Geographical Area

Lawrence County (Ark)

Language

English

Identifier

MSNE.0070, Box 11, Folder 855

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Lawrence County (Ark.) Circuit Court records, MSNE.0070

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Duel: United States v. Henderson and Caruthers, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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