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This highly readable book gives a lively account, replete with colorful examples, of the pistol duel, the rules for its conduct, its causes, and its typical participants. A popular 1838 dueling code by John Lyde Wilson, one-time governor of South Carolina, is also reprinted in this volume. Its “practical” advice on the etiquette of dueling and its justifications for the practice give a fascinating and sometimes amusing look into the mind of a more chivalrous age.
For Southern history buffs and social historians, this excursion into a little-known way of life and death will make entertaining and informative fare.
|Chapter 1||The Duel: An Old-South Institution||3|
|Chapter 2||Grounds for a Challenge||13|
|Chapter 3||A Matter of Class: Who Dueled||26|
|Chapter 4||Honor among Duelers: Dueling's Rules and Procedures||40|
|Chapter 5||Dueling's Opponents||60|
|Chapter 6||Persistence and Decline of the Duel||72|
|The Code of Honor||87|