History Detectives

Season 2 Episode 5

Dueling Pistols

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jul 19, 2004 on PBS
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Dueling Pistols The Place: San Francisco, California A San Francisco bank owns two antique pistols, allegedly used in the last great duel on U.S. soil. Fought in 1856, the duel was between abolitionist Senator David Broderick and California Supreme Court Justice David Terry. 150 years later, a bank employee wants to know if these guns are authentic - and more about the duel. What really happened? Was it about slavery or honor? Did it influence the outcome of the Civil War? Evelyn Nesbit Portrait The Place: New Jersey A woman owns a portrait she believes is a lost masterpiece by one of America's greatest illustrators and artists, Howard Chandler Christy. The painting's subject is claimed to be Evelyn Nesbit, the actress and model who rose to fame in 1906 when her husband killed a famous architect accused of "taking advantage" of her. The resulting scandal rocked New York in the early 1900's and became the "trial of the century". But is the painting authentic? Little Big Horn Bayonet? The Place: Cookstown, New Jersey Recent renovations at the family home of the famous military hero General Edward Godfrey revealed an old bayonet hidden in the attic rafters. Cookstown Mayor Sharon Atkinson knows that Godfrey was a colleague of General George Custer's and fought alongside him at the battle of Little Big Horn. Could the bayonet have been used in that battle? Was this blade a silent witness to one of the largest massacres of U.S. soldiers by American Indians in 19th century history?moreless

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Wes Cowan

Wes Cowan

antiques appraiser/auctioneer

Elyse Luray

Elyse Luray

antiques appraiser

Gwen Wright

Gwen Wright

Columbia University architectural historian

Tukufu Zuberi

Tukufu Zuberi

University of Pennsylvania sociologist

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