September 27, 1817

The final duel was fought between Thomas Hart Benton and Charles Lucas on Bloody Island. Lucas was hit and said, “Colonel, you have murdered me and I never can forgive you.” He died on the spot. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.