On September 20, 1807, Charles Drayton made a note in pencil in his diary: â€œA.S. killed in duel 14th.â€ The note was short, but it represented a dramatic story with a disastrous ending. But just who was A.S., why did his life end in this dreadful turn of events, and what led Charles to record it in his journal?
Nineteenth-century Charleston was the site of many duels, but these violent confrontations happened across the United States. Join us virtually on September 9 at 5:00 p.m. as Shane Mason, Historic Interpreter at Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC, discusses the history of codified combat and why dueling became part of Americaâ€™s story.
Â Arthur Smith wasnâ€™t the only Charlestonian to die in a duel in the early nineteenth century, but when he stood on the field of honor, he faced not a foe, but a former friend. Hear his story and learn his connection to Drayton Hall as we explore this tragic yet intriguing historic subject.