|A Duel Over the Honor
of the Mighty Mississippi
|In the 1830's, more duels were fought in New Orleans than in any other city in the world. Men
had to be very careful about what they said and where they said it. Besmirching the honor of
a gentleman or his lady could easily result in a demand to avenge the insult. But, it wasn't
only the honor of a person that might need defending. As demonstrated in the story below,
insulting the honor of the mighty Mississippi River was going too far for one New Orleanian.
And he demanded satisfaction -- by sword, at sunrise, under the dueling oaks.
The text below is from "Dueling in Old New Orleans" by Stuart Landry.
I found this little book in a used book shop in the French Quarter.
The first several pages are missing, so I don't know the year it
was published, but my guess is the 1920's. -- Nancy