Prince Edward County
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 1895|
14 VA CAV
The son of Thomas & Francis M. Flournoy. He married Martha D. Bouldin on 26 Oct.1869, Charlotte, VA. She was b.1851, Charlotte CO as the daughter of And. & Martha D. Bouldin.
David was a widowed Physician.
Richmond Examiner November 20, 1895.
On this day in 1895, Doctor David Flournoy passed away after suffering from the wounds he received from the bowie knife duel he was involved in 41 years earlier. That duel, which was a well-known event in Virginia during the latter half of the 19th century, took place near Charlottesville, VA. A disagreement arose between a Mr. Edgar Garth of Albemarle County and Thomas Carrington, a relative of Flournoy's. Doctor Flournoy, at the time a medical student at the University of Virginia , somehow became involved in the situation. As a result, Flournoy and Garth agreed to settle their dispute by duel, choosing bowie knives as the weapon. Before the Civil War, this method of dueling was still very much in fashion, especially in the South. Using bowie knives was not the usual practice though, as pistols were the more common method.
The resulting duel was a desperate affair. Both men were wounded several times, with Garth finally falling to the ground due to the loss of blood. Neither of them received a mortal wound, although both were seriously wounded. Garth was the more gravely wounded and for a time was not expected to survive. He would pull through in the end, and the men and their families became friends. In fact the father of Mr. Garth supported Doctor Flournoy and would not let the authorities arrest him. The situation was understood by the Garth family, and during that time disagreements handled by a duel were considered honorable.
Times finally changed of course, and dueling was frowned upon. Ironically on this same day in 1885, ten years before Doctor Flournoy's death, a Mr. L.B. Jones was sentenced to 1 hour in prison with the payment of one cent for sending a challenge for a duel to another man. That was the first instance of anyone in Virginia being punished for violating the dueling laws that had come into effect.
After that day in 1854, David Flournoy would finish medical school and become a doctor. He served as a cavalry officer and a field surgeon in the Confederate army. After the Civil War he practiced medicine. Throughout the rest of his life he dealt with the wounds from the duel. In the 1870s he developed an unknown disease stemming from the wounds and would suffer from that until he died in 1895. He was buried in the family plot in Brunswick County.
Edgar Garth, the young farmer from Albemarle, recovered from his wounds and lived many years. He passed away several years before Doctor Flournoy.
Mattie D Flournoy (1871 - 1948)*
Thomas Flournoy (1877 - 1947)*
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Jan 21, 2008
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