“The Death of Cilley (The Duelist)”


"Hark! Didst though hear that startling shriek, That agonizing yell? Which bathed in tears the widow's cheek, When murdered Cilley fell?" "O tell it not in Askelon... What deeds are done in Washington." "The duellist... Must stand condemned...."


The mention of Askelon and Gath is a reference to 2 Samuel 1:20, David's lament over Saul. - RBW

Historical references

  • Feb 24, 1838 - Jonathan Cilley, a Maine congressman, killed in a duel with Kentucky Representative William Graves


  1. Burt, p. 256, "The Duellist, or The Death of Cilley" (1 excerpted text)
  2. BI, Burt256


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Keywords: homicide political
Found in: US