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Overlooking the Hudson River and a sleeping city in the distance, Alexander Hamilton squared off against Vice President Aaron Burr at Weehawken Dueling Grounds in the dawn of July 11, 1804. The musical perfectly frames the dramatic irony: after a lifetime of springing toward opportunity, Hamilton raised his gun to the sky and threw away his shot (a move in duels called a “delope”). Burr, on the other hand, pulled the trigger. A bullet embedded itself through Hamilton’s abdomen and into his spine. He was rushed to a friend’s house where he died the next afternoon. Alexander suffered the same death that his son did just three years prior when Philip faced George Eacker (one of his father’s critics). Philip, too, aimed his pistol at the heavens and was killed by a gun wound above his right hip. A humble plaque commemorates the rocky ledge where the Hamilton men were shot. Spend a quiet moment or two, watching the waters. Let “The World Was Wide Enough” serenade you in your contemplation.
Hamilton Park, Weehawken, New Jersey, USA
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