Two Pistols, Two Seconds: Dueling in South Carolina

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Two Pistols, Two Seconds: Dueling in South Carolina

May 13, 2023 @ 1:00 pm

The Horry County Museum presents a lecture by Grahame Long on May 13th, on the history of dueling in South Carolina.

South Carolina’s penchant for dueling started early and occurred often with taste and caste refining most conflicts. But, what was first regarded as an honorable tradition outside the commoner’s courtroom had, by the mid-19th century, been turned on its ear. Dueling found full expression in both frequency and public acceptance throughout the State. Worse, duelists’ seemingly insatiable social demands for the preservation of honor, character and satisfaction usually ended up costing of lives.

As Director of Museums for Historic Charleston Foundation, Grahame Long leads all research, stewardship, interpretive and education initiatives at the Nathaniel Russell House and Aiken-Rhett House museums and serves as curator for the extensive collections therein. He has authored three books, published numerous articles and lectured extensively throughout the southeast on various topics concerning material culture, decorative arts and social histories of South Carolina.

The former chief curator for The Charleston Museum, he is the resident historian for the German Friendly Society, a member of the Mayor’s Walled City Task Force and an honorary member of the Washington Light Infantry. He is a volunteer curator for The Citadel Archives and Museum and works as a historical consultant for the U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

The program will begin at 1:00 pm in the McCown Auditorium located at 805 Main Street, Conway SC. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-915-5320 or email To view a full list of programs, visit our website at


May 13, 2023
1:00 pm


Horry County Museum
805 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526 United States
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