Pistols at Ten Paces

Peterson, Janine
January 2007
Military History;Jan/Feb2007, Vol. 23 Issue 10, p64
The article profiles Commodore Stephen Decatur of the U.S. Navy. The Code Duello which set the rules for dueling has been defined for the U.S. Navy by Decatur. It states that he is the youngest man to earn the rank of captain at the age of 24. It says that Decatur has preserved his honor at the cost of his life through a duel against Commodore James Barron.


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