Today in History, May 30: 1806:
Andrew Jackson engages in a duel to defend the honor of his wife.
He had married her with the understanding that her divorce was final, which it was not.
Challenged by a reporter, he fought a duel to defend her and killed Charles Dickinson to defend her.
Oddly enough, on May 29th, 1780, only a day before this event in history, Jackson had been one of the few to evade “Tarleton’s Quarter” as British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton had butchered those that surrendered at Waxhaws during the Revolutionary War.
The experience added to the brutality in which future General and President Jackson acted during the War of 1812 and during his Presidency in regards to the British, which he despised. During the Revolutionary War he lost his parents and his brother, which led him to despise the British.