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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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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.
 
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.
 
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 a direct line); Weehawken Korea and Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eldorado Amusement Park
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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.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Weehawken: Gateway to New York (approx. half a mile away); Pietro di Donato (approx. 0.7 miles away); Grumman F-14 Tomcat (approx. one mile away in New York). 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 North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr's Duel. American Experience. (Submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
3. Alexander Hamilton
This bust of Alexander Hamilton stands next to the marker on Hamilton Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 5,993 times since then and 199 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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