Saturday, August 3, 2013

Stephens-Harrison Duel

1624. One afternoon, while enroute to Jamestown, a duel occurred between Richard Stephens and George Harrison. Stephens received a cut in the knee from the sword of his opponent and died from it two weeks later. The autopsy revealed that he could not have lived long even if he had come off uninjured in the duel with Harrison.

Source: Letter of George Menefie to John Harrison in England, April 27, 1624, British Colonial Papers, Vol. III, 1624-5, No. 15.

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