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Man Killed In Duel By Andrew Jackson Reburied Friday


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hundreds gathered Friday in Nashville for the reburial of the Nashville attorney killed by Andrew Jackson in a duel back in 1806. 

History buffs joined descendants for Charles Dickinson's final goodbye at Nashville's old City Cemetery.   

Dickinson's gravesite was a mystery until his remains were unearthed last year in the front yard of a Nashville home. 

"What is lost is found, and Mr. Dickinson was in an unmarked and forgotten grave. He shouldn't have been and should be remembered," said historian Fletch Coke. 

Dickinson died at the hands of Andrew Jackson in one of the most famous duels in American history. The duel was fought just over the Kentucky border because dueling was illegal in Tennessee. 

At Friday's service, descendants of both men spoke. 

"It's sort of strange. Normally you're not asked to speak at a ceremony where your ancestor is the cause of the person being buried you know? It's unusual," said Andrew Jackson VI. 

"I'm very grateful that we finally got him buried. He's got a place where we can visit him and that he'll have recognition now that this is grave," said Dickinson's descendent Charles Miller. 

Dickinson did wound Jackson in that duel. Many of Jackson's medical problems after his Presidency were blamed on Dickinson's bullet that was never removed from Jackson's body.

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