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REVOLUTIONARY WAR SITES IN WEEHAWKEN, NEW JERSEY

Revolutionary War Sites in Weehawken, New Jersey
HAMILTON - BURR DUELING GROUNDS
Weehawken, New Jersey
Alexander Hamilton
New Jersey
Weehawken, NJ
Hamilton - Burr Dueling Grounds
Hamilton Ave.
Map / Directions to the Hamilton - Burr Dueling Grounds
The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society hosts an event to commemorate the duel each July.
Click here for information about this, and other upcoming events.

A monument with a bust of Alexander Hamilton marks the site of the 1804 duel between Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Both men had been officers in the Revolutionary War, with ties to New Jersey.

The historic markers at the monument state:
"Somewhere below this site, on a wooded ledge twenty feet above the Hudson River, lay the dueling grounds... The most famous duel in American history took place on this date [July 11, 1804] between political rivals, General Alexander Hamilton and sitting Vice-President of the United States, Colonel Aaron Burr. Hamilton fell, mortally wounded, and died the next day in New York City. Tragically, Hamilton's son Philip had also met his death here in a duel in 1801." [1]

This is a great spot. There is a fantastic view of Manhattan. Hamilton Park is located next to the monument. The park offers a great place to enjoy the view.

This is chronologically the last location featured on this website. Even though the duel took place over two decades after the Revolutionary War ended, this really feels like the punctuation mark on the Revolutionary War era in New Jersey to me. Burr and Hamilton were both officers in the war, and both played important roles in early post-Revolutionary period. And each man had a strong connection to New Jersey.

For more interesting New Jersey locations related to Hamilton and Burr, please see the following listings:

  • The Schuyler Hamilton House in Morristown,where Hamilton courted his future wife Betsey Schuyler.
  • Paterson Falls in Paterson, a spot Hamilton visited during the war with Washington and Lafayette, and later played an important role in developing Paterson as an industrial city.
  • The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, where Burr met, and later married, his future wife Theodosia Prevost.
  • The site of the Old Academy in Elizabeth, which was attended by both Burr and Hamilton, years before their duel.
  • The gravesite of Aaron Burr in Princeton.
  • A magnificent statue group of Hamilton (with Washington and Lafayette) in Morristown.
  • Burr was born in Newark, although the exact location is not known.
  • The site of Alexander Hamilton's artillery battery in New Brunswick.
Weehawken, New Jersey Historic Sites

Source Notes:

1. ^ Text of plaques at the dueling ground, dedicated on July 11, 2004, the 200th Anniversary of the Duel.

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