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. Located in the triangle formed by North Glebe Road, Randolph Street, and North Richmond Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Communications along the Defensive Line (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Ethan Allen—What to Look For (about 800 feet away); Lives of the Soldiers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Protecting the Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); The View in 1865 (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Defensive Artillery Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Bastion-Style Fort Is a Mighty Fortress (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Defensive Stronghold, Heavily Armed (approx. 0.2 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 2,992 times since then and 93 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.