Duel Near The Cold
During the War of 1812,
two off duty army soldiers fought it out "high-noon style"
near the old Cold Spring Tavern:
"... The names of the army officers who are forgotten. It is said,
however, that the challenger was an army surgeon, who was an expert
duelist as well as somewhat of a bully. For some trifling offense he
challenged an officer, who had little or no experience on the "Field
of Honor," but it is apparent that he possessed plenty of courage.
The challenge was accepted, of course, and the affair took place on
the old Cold Spring farm lot, at a little run near the corner of Ferry
and Jefferson Streets."
"The challenged officer, as was his prerogative, chose that the
two combatants should stand side by side, and each hold a corner of
the same handkerchief with the left hand, and holding a pistol in the
right, to fire at the word of command."
"The surgeon being more experienced presented only the narrowest
part of his body to his antagonist, while the latter stood squarely
facing him. The word "Fire" rang out and both fell. The surgeon
was mortally wounded as the ball had entered his left side and passed
through his body; he died upon the field. His antagonist, however, had
been hit in the chest, but the bullet passed through without touching
a vital spot, he recovered and lived many years after."
Robert W. The Cradle Of The Queen City, A History Of Buffalo. Buffalo
Historical Society. 1931.
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