Charles Henry Dickinson

Charles Henry Dickinson

Caroline County, Maryland, USA
Death 30 May 1806 (aged 25)
Logan County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 42745031 · View Source
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Born in Maryland, Dickinson later moved to the Tennessee frontier. He was an attorney who had studied law with Chief Justice of the U.S., John Marshall. He became a successful planter, a renowned duelist, and a popular socialite.

Dickinson's young wife was pregnant at the time of his death.

He is best known for insulting Andrew and Rachel Jackson, and calling Jackson a "a worthless scoundrel, a poltroon, and a coward", resulting in Jackson's challenge to a duel.

Dickinson was known as a deadly shot, having previously killed 26 men in duels. Jackson took a bullet in his chest, but with his iron will stood and fired, killing Dickinson. Dickinson's bullet stayed in Jackson's chest for the rest of his life - through the Battle of New Orleans, the Creek and Seminole Wars, the Senate and the Presidency.

Dickinson and Jackson met near today's Adairsville, in Logan County, Kentucky, as dueling was banned in Tennessee. Some thought he had been buried in Maryland after a 1965 discovery.

Dickinson's actual grave was rediscovered in 2009 in what was once just west of Nashville's boundaries, on a plantation then owned by his father-in-law, Captain Joseph Irvin. The find was based upon historical records and high technology, as Irvin's former plantation was subdivided decades ago and the burial site was found under a tree in a Nashville resident's front yard.

The remains, after 200 years, primarily the wooden coffin, have been transferred to the Old Nashville Cemetery.

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Gravesite Details Interred in the plot owned by his in-laws, Andrew and Ann Erwin Hynes


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  • Added: 5 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42745031
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Henry Dickinson (20 Dec 1780–30 May 1806), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42745031, citing Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by DeoPatria (contributor 46874385) .