Dueling in New Bern, N.C. 1822-1872
Staff Person: Nanette Hardison
The images shown below are of the front cover and two pages of a memoir written by Stephen F. Miller entitled, “Recollections of New Bern, N.C. Fifty Years Ago,” which describes life in New Bern in the early 1800s, particularly the historical incidents that took place during that period. Included are descriptions of two incidences of dueling, which was common during that time. Duels were fought by men from all walks of life in America, but by the start of the Civil War, dueling was in decline because the public objected to this violent activity.