Review: SIX FRIGATES by Ian W. Toll

In Harm’s Way

by Evan Thomas for NY Times Books (Dec. 17, 2006)

“By the early 19th century, dueling had been shunned and ridiculed by Enlightenment thinkers as a vestige of feudalism. But in the United States Navy, dueling — with pistols or swords, usually over a trivial insult — was still popular among young officers. Between 1798 and 1848, when it was finally banned, 36 officers were killed in 82 duels. About half those deaths occurred before 1815.”

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