Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Clay and Randolph Duel
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number C-1.)
Location. 38° 55.549′ N, 77° 7.283′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on North Glebe Road (Virginia Route 120) near North Randolph Street. Touch for map. Located in the triangle formed by North Glebe Road, Randolph Street, and North Richmond Street. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22207, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Ethan Allen (approx. ¼ mile away); The Mouth of Pimmit Run Pimmit Run and Chain Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Fort Ethan Allen (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chain Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Walker Chapel (approx. half a mile away); Fort Marcy, Virginia (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Marcy (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
Regarding Clay and Randolph Duel. The general location of the duel described was near the present day Chain Bridge Road, where Pimmit Run empties into the Potomac River.
This marker replaces a previous C 1 which stood along Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) near the county line. That marker read, “Near here Henry Clay and John Randolph of Roanoke fought a duel April 8, 1826. Randolph had called Clay a ‘blackleg’ in a speech. Both men were unhurt, but Randolph’s coat was pierced by a bullet.”
At the time the term “blackleg” was used to describe one who cheats at cards.
Also see . . . Thomas Hart Benton in Defense of Dueling (Submitted on September 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,835 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on January 11, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4. submitted on November 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.