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Senator's death in duel prefaced Civil War carnage

• AP
Nearly two years before the first shots were fired in the U.S. Civil War, simmering hostilities over slavery erupted on a "field of honor" in California, where a pro-slavery judge mortally wounded an anti-slavery senator in a duel.

The duel showed how political disagreements over slavery had become increasingly violent, culminating in 1861 when the war broke out.


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