Investigations

Dueling Pistols

The Case:

A San Francisco bank owns two antique pistols, allegedly used in the last great duel on U.S. soil.

Fought in 1856, the duel was between abolitionist Senator David Broderick and then California Supreme Court Justice, David Terry.

What became known as the Broderick–Terry duel was about more than insults and honor, it was about politics. The outcome of this duel influenced which side California would take in the Civil War, and the course of the war itself.

150 years later, a bank employee wants to know if these guns were really used in the Broderick-Terry duel.

History Detectives are on the case to find out what really happened.

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Aired:
Season 2, Episode 5

Detective:
Elyse Luray Location:
San Francisco, California

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