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Weehawken in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Weehawken Dueling Grounds

1700's – 1840's

 
 
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Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
1. Weehawken Dueling Grounds
Duels were held in Weehawken, NJ because dueling was illegal in New York.
Inscription.  Somewhere below this site, on a wooded ledge twenty feet above the Hudson River, lay the dueling grounds. Among the many known and unknown duelists who fought here were Governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828), Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), Vice-President Aaron Burr (1756-1836) and U.S. Navy Commodore Oliver Perry (1785-1819). All came to Weehawken to defend their honor, according to the custom of the day.

Dedicated on July 11, 2004, the 200th Anniversary of the Hamilton-Burr Duel.
 
Erected 2004.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical month for this entry is July 2004.
 
Location. 40° 46.2′ N, 74° 1.032′ W. Marker is in Weehawken, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker is on Hamilton Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weehawken NJ 07086, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Death Rock of Alexander Hamilton (here, next to this marker); The Hamilton-Burr Duel (here, next to this marker); Highwood (about 300 feet away, measured in
Marker in Weehawken, NJ image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
2. Marker in Weehawken, NJ
Marker is located across the river from New York City, where Hamilton died on July 11, 1804, the day after the duel.
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a direct line); Weehawken Korea and Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eldorado Amusement Park (approx. Ό mile away); Weehawken: Gateway to New York (approx. half a mile away); Pietro di Donato (approx. 0.7 miles away); North Bergen World War I Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weehawken.
 
Also see . . .
1. Duel At Dawn, 1804. (Submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's Duel. American Experience. (Submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Alexander Hamilton image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
3. Alexander Hamilton
This bust of Alexander Hamilton stands next to the marker on Hamilton Avenue.
Duel between Burr and Hamilton image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
4. Duel between Burr and Hamilton
International Publishing Co. The Great American Book of Biography, c. 1896.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 6,516 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4. submitted on December 18, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 8, 2022