22 March 2017

Wedding Leads to Use of Rifle by John Daniel

I've written in this space about several duels that took place in Georgia's history.  While I wouldn't consider this one "traditional," the headline caught my eye…

viennanewsVienna News (Georgia)
9 September 1910, pg. 1


Tragedy in Troup County --- Wedding Leads to Use of Rifle By John Daniel.

Hogansville, Ga., Sept. 7. – Reports have reached here to the effect that in a duel yesterday between John Daniel and Doc. Bell both well known Troup county planters, Bell's 2-year-old daughter was shot and killed by a bullet from Daniel's Winchester.

It is stated that John Daniel was searching for Hoye Bell, brother of Doc, who Sunday married Miss Cora Daniel, niece of John Daniel.  The duelists engaged in a quarrel when John Daniel asked Doc. Bell as to the bridegroom's whereabouts.

It is reported that Daniel was wounded and disappeared.  The bridal couple, it is said, have so far eluded the irate uncle.

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