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    Dueling in the Texan Army: A Letter Reporting a Duel. Three and one-fourth pages, 7.75" x 9.75", Bloomington [Texas], October 30, 1838. John Bowland[?] reports to General John Milroy in Greenfield, Indiana, a duel involving Milroy's son, Colonel James Milroy, in Natchez. Bowland writes that "a Mr. White a gentleman and citizen of Natchez" had said that "Col. Milroy while in the texan Army had been challenged to fight a duel, the Col. declined the exceptance on the grounds of religiously believing it rong to fight a duel. Col. Milroy requested Mr. White to make an apology for his slanderous expressions, he would give none." As the letter reports, Milroy extended his own challenge for a duel to White, who accepted. They met on a sandbar near Natchez "between five and six oclock in the morning." The duel was fought at ten paces with pistols. After Milroy drank a glass of wine that had apparently been brought along, the duel ensued. In the outcome, Milroy shot White "through the hips."

    Though dueling was prohibited in the Texan Army, many officers in the late 1830s participated in the deadly contest. Colonel Milroy, the uncle of Union General Robert H. Milroy, had a reputation for issuing dueling challenges - a reputation this letter sustains. Toned and foxed, with weakness and holes along folds.


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