Saturday, July 17, 2004; Page A18
Twenty years after the deadly duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton [news story, July 11], Secretary of State Henry Clay challenged Virginia Sen. John Randolph to a duel.
On April 8, 1826, the two men fired two shots at each other near the Chain Bridge on the current Arlington-McLean border. The Potomac Heritage Trail goes past the probable duel site. Mr. Randolph authored the academic basis for the Civil War -- states' rights. Clay, co-author of the Missouri Compromise, tried to keep us from civil war.
Why is this duel now forgotten?
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