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Monday, June 17, 2013

Bacon's Rebellion of 1676

We all know the story of Nathaniel Bacon when he gathered support and went against the Virginia governor for his refusal to put down the Indian raids and massacres in the colony. A curious instance occurred on the part of one of its leaders to have recourse to the old custom of single combat in order to find out with which side lay the true equity of the quarrel between the two parties. When two soldiers were facing each other, Major Bristow, a supporter of Governor Berkeley, offered to fight any follower of Bacon who had a right to be considered a gentleman. An officer by the name of Ingram promptly accepted the challenge, but when he made a motion to advance, with sword and pistol in hand, his own man caught hold of him and forced him back, because they were doubtful of the justice of their side. Source: Ingram's Proceedings, p. 40, Force's Historical Tracts, Vol. 1.

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