Dueling Grounds

Dueling Grounds (HM1T8)

Location: Colmar Manor, MD 20722 Prince George's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 56.043', W 76° 57.144'

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On this site, now part of Anacostia River Park, more than 50 duels were fought during the first half of the 19th century. Here, on what became known as "the dark and bloody grounds", gentleman of Washington settled their political and personal differences. One of the most famous disputes was that between commodores Stephen Decatur and James Barron which was settled here on March 22, 1820. Commodore Decatur, who had gained fame as the conqueror of the Barbary pirates, was fatally wounded by his antagonist. Although Congress passed an anti-dueling law in 1839, duels continued here until just before the Civil War.
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HM NumberHM1T8
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Placed ByThe Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 1:09pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 330774 N 4311270
Decimal Degrees38.93405000, -76.95240000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 56.043', W 76° 57.144'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 56' 2.58" N, 76° 57' 8.64" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3650-3698 38th Ave, Colmar Manor MD 20722, US
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