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Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in duel
By: Hayley Johnson.
May 30, 1806.

Throughout Jackson’s life, he was involved in many duels. At the age of forty years old he had already been

involved in two duels, soon to be a third with Charles Dickinson. The duel between Dickinson in 1806 was

due to Thomas Swann telling Charles that Jackson has accused him of double-dealing and over some

unflattering remarks made about Jackson’s wife. Swann demanded satisfaction, but Jackson suspected that

Dickinson was behind the challenge, and then Swann did the un-thinkable and confronted Jackson in a Nashville tavern. Little did he know that Jackson was prepared to beat him with a

cane, and he did so that night. Later on that night, the 25 year old Dickinson and 40 year old Jackson had arranged to met at Harrison’s Mill, Kentucky, for that was where the duel

would end up taking place. Dickinson was a fine marksman and Jackson was only adequate. There was a 24 feet separation between Jackson and Dickinson; they stood there facing one

another in the thin morning light, with their pistols held down by their sides. One of Jacksons friends called the shot, he yelled “fire,” that’s when Dickinson raised his pistol and he fired it

aim at one of Jacksons buttons on his jacket, Jackson hardly flinched, he barely moved from the position he had started off in, the bullet hit him close to the heart. Then Jackson gained

back the strength and pulled back his pistol cocking it and aim at Dickinson, the bullet struck Dickinson in the abdomen, and he collapsed to the ground with a loud cry. Dickinson ended

up on his death bed by dusk that day somewhere around 10 am that morning. As Jackson rode away from Harrison’s Mill he was in a great amount of pain due to the bullet that had

struck him near his heart, he described the pain as if someone was hammering a nail into the center of his chest, and it was a sharp and fearful pain. He’s doctor told him on the horse ride

back from the duel that his life was saved because of the button he had on his coat, remember the button that Dickinson was aiming at when he went to fire at Andrew Jackson? The

bullet was blocked at that point from hitting him in his heart because of that button, Andrew now holds his life because of the clothing he chose to wear on the day of the battle, I would

say that Jackson was indeed a lucky man to have survived the duel. Jackson would carry Dickinson’s bullet for the rest of his life due to the fact that it was lodged near his heart and

could not safely be removed, and if he was operated on there was a possible chance that he would not survive, Jackson also would carry with him the violent reputation that he now held

form some people who were at the duel. The people who came to watch him used his dueling past against him, spreading the rumor that he was unfit for the presidency. Jackson

participated in many things of honor to regain back his reputation. For better or worse, his reputation always preceded him.