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Death of CHAS. W. PIERCEY (PIERCY) in CA in 1861
Posted by: Vern Dander (ID *****8132) Date: January 26, 2007 at 21:27:54
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Transcribed by Dee Sardoch  <>
Stockton Daily Argus Stockton,
San Joaquin Co., CA
>>Monday, 27 May 1861<<

FATAL DUEL -- A duel took place in Marin county on Saturday between Hon. Chas. W. PIERCEY, from San Bernardino, and Hon. Dan SHOWALTER, from Mariposa, both members of the late Assembly. The weapons used were rifles and the distance 40 paces. PIERCEY was shot dead on the 2nd fire. The difficulty originated in a debate on the Union resolutions which passed the Assembly on the 17th inst., in which personal remarks were made by SHOWALTER. On account of this language, after the adjournment of the Legislature, Mr. PIERCEY sent a challenge to Mr. SHOWALTER. H.P. WATKINS, Senator form Yuba, and Sam. SMITH of the same county, acted as friends of Mr. PIERCEY; and F. SORREL, Assemblyman from Siskiyou, and Thos. LASPEYRE of San Joaquin, filled the same office for Mr. SHOWALTER.

Mr. PIERCEY was a young man, single, a farmer, and lived at Gorgonia Pass in San Bernardino. He was from Illinois, 26 years of age, and a Douglas Democrat. Mr. SHOWALTER is also single, 30 years of age, a resident of Horse Shoe Bend, a miner, a Breckinridge Democrat, and hails from Pennsylvania.

>>Tuesday, 28 May 1861<<

THE LATE DUEL -- In the recent duel between Charles W. PIERCEY and D. SHOWALTER, in which the former was killed, near San Quentin, the weapons used were rifles; distance 40 yards; the word, 'Fire, 1,2,3, stop!' The first fire was harmless. At the 2nd fire, PIERCY [spelled 2 ways] was struck in the mouth, and passed into his head. His physician immediately rushed to his assistance, but could afford none. He raised his head slightly, looked around, and in 3 minutes was dead. He did not utter a sound after being hit. As soon as he witnessed the fatal result of his shot, SHOWLATER beseechingly exclaimed to his physician, 'Dr. HAMMOND, will you render every possible assistance to that poor man.' He seemed to be sensibly affected, and passed a eulogy on the courage and coolness displayed by the deceased. In company with his friends, he immediately left the ground, but whither he proceeded is not know. PIERCY's remains were carried to Sacramento for interment. The 'Union' says, it is believed that the origin of the unpleasant feelings between PIERCY and the party which SHOWALTER represented on the floor of the Assembly, some of whom accompanied him to the field, dates as far back as the election of Senator, whom PIERCEY rendered himself obnoxious to the Nugent wing by bolting the caucus nomination.

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