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Brentwood in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dueling Grounds

 
 
Dueling Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
1. Dueling Grounds Marker
Inscription. Near this site, more than fifty duels were fought during the first half of the 19th century. This is where gentlemen of Washington settled their political and personal differences, on what became known as "The Dark and Bloody Grounds". One of the most famous disputes was that between Commodores Stephen Decatur and James Barron, which was settled here on Mar. 22, 1820. Commodore Decatur who gained fame as the conqueror of the Barbary Pirates, was fatally wounded by his antagonist. Although Congress passed an anti-dueling law in 1839, duels continued here until just before the Civil War.
 
Location. 38° 56.006′ N, 76° 57.179′ W. Marker is in Brentwood, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Bladensburg Road. Touch for map. Marker on the grounds of Fort Lincoln Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Brentwood MD 20722, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Line Falls (about 300 feet away but has been reported missing); The Road to the Capital (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Dueling Grounds
Dueling Grounds Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
2. Dueling Grounds Marker
(about 300 feet away); Marines & Flotillamen (about 400 feet away); The Road to the Capitol (about 400 feet away); A Valiant Stand (about 400 feet away); Historic Fort Lincoln Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away).
 
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Scuto Bonĉ Voluntatis Tuĉ Coronasti Nos 1632. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 19, 2014
3. Scuto Bonĉ Voluntatis Tuĉ Coronasti Nos 1632.
"With favor Wilt Thou Compass Us as with a Shield"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 22, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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