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Title: Dueling Rules, 1808 Apr. 13, Knoxville : a machine readable transcription of an image

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Date: April 13, 1808
Extent: 2p
Summary:The following document is a list of dueling rules signed by John F. Jack, John McCampbell, and J. Coffee in Knoxville on April 13, 1808. The list describes the details of the way a particular duel is to be conducted and sets the duel on an early Tuesday morning in Virginia's Cumberland Gap.
Collection:John Cocke Papers V-J-3

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    Dueling Rules
    April 13, 1808
  • 1st. The Parties to fight with Smooth bored pistols and not with rifled Pistols.
  • 2nd. The Pistols to be loaded by the Seconds in the presence of each other
  • 3rd. Each Party to furnish his own arms & amunition [ammunition].
  • 4th. The Words of Caution shall be Gentlemen are you ready.
  • 5th. The Word of Command shall be Fire.
  • 6th. When the word fire is [gap] & fire as soon as they please
  • 7th. The parties in the fight to stand ten yards apart.
  • 8th. At the Words of Caution each party shall have his pistol in his right hand Cocked with the Muzzle directly to the ground
  • 9th. A Snap or flash equivalent to a fire
  • 10th. If either of the parties snap or flash his Pistol after the word of command is given without discharging it and is wounded by his adversary the party wounded shall have a right to demand a second fire under the Rules & regulations of the first.
  • 11th. Each Second shall stand on the right hand of his Friend and at an equal distance from both.
  • 12th. Each Second is to place his friend at one and the Same time at the distance they are to stand.
  • 13th. The Seconds are to give the word one to the other is he ready to return to his stand, if he says he is they retire.
  • 14th. If the parties discharge their pistols, and either is wounded so that he cannot stand errect [erect] the fight shall be at an end [added: that the wounded party may demand another fire]
  • 15th. They are to fight at [added: near] Cumberland Gap in the State of Virginia between the hours of five and six in the Morning of the first Tuesday after Jefferson Court next.
  • 16th The Pistols with which they fight shall not [added: to] exceed Eleven Inches in the Barrill [Barrel].

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  • 17th. If either of the parties fire before the word of Command is given there shall be a publication in the news paper of the State of these Rules & his Conduct signed by both the Seconds.

April 13th 1808

John F. Jack
John McCampbell
[unclear: J Coffee ]
[unclear: Th Dordes ]

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