Profile: Robert Brammer

Legal Reference Librarian

Robert Brammer started work at the Law Library of Congress in September of 2012 as a Legal Reference Librarian. Robert was a reference librarian at the Rupert Smith County Law Library from 2008-2010, and a reference, electronic services, and circulation librarian at the Stetson University College of Law from 2010-2012. Robert Brammer earned his J.D. from Wayne State, his M.L.S. from Florida State, and his B.A. from the University of Kentucky. In his spare time, Robert enjoys legal history, restoring antique cars, adventure runs, kayaking, and hiking.

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My Beloved Eliza: The Final Letters from Alexander Hamilton to his Wife

These two letters from Alexander Hamilton to his wife, Elizabeth, were written during the week preceding the duel, with instructions that they should only be delivered if “I shall first have terminated my earthly career.” The letters explain Hamilton’s reason for participating in the duel and his determination to maintain his religious convictions by sparing the life of Aaron Burr.

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Challenged to a Duel? What are the Rules?

So, you’ve been challenged to a duel. What are the rules?
Duels always make for fascinating reading. Did you know they came with their own rulebook?!
Illustration: "Duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. After the painting by J. Mund." The duel took place in Weehawken, New Jersey on July 11, 1804. Note: possibly due to artistic license and the problems of perspective and canvas size etc, the duellists are standing at an unusually short distance from each other. However, it is known that some duels did indeed take place at very short distances such as this, though most were fought where the opponents were standing approximately 50 feet apart.
The protagonists are dressed in anachronistic 18th century dress, not the common fashion of the early 19th century.
Illustrator not identified. From a painting by J. Mund. July 11, 1804
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Duel 'twixt Andrew Jackson & Dickenson

One of the things I enjoy about working at the Library of Congress is visiting our Manuscripts Division to read first-hand accounts of historic events. After reading a biography of Andrew Jackson, I looked through the finding aid for his papers and came upon a letter from a Tennessee lawyer named Charles Dickinson. The estimated number of duels fought by Andrew Jackson varies widely, but one of the most memorable was fought against Dickinson.

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