In Their Own Words
June 12, 1740
Deady Duels Among Soldiers
Although England (and her colonies, including Georgia) was at war with Spain, William Stephens wrote in his journal that the English soldiers were doing more damage to each other:
“…This Day began with the melancholy News of more Duelling at the Camp in the South, and the fatal Consequence of it. Ensign Tolson, of Capt. Norbury’s Company, having a Quarrel with Mr. Eyles, a Surgeon in the Army, they fought; and the latter was killed on the Spot; a Man of very good Skill in his Pro- fession, and well esteemed: Not many Days after Peter Grant, lately of this Town, and a Freeholder, afterwards made Naval Officer at Frederica by the General, and since changing to be a Cadet in the Army; having a Quarrel with one Mr. Shenton, a Cadet likewise; which Mr. Shenton endeavoured (as far as he well could) to avoid deciding by the Sword; but the other admitting of no Terms of Reconciliation, they fought, and the Aggressor dropt dead. These Tidings came by a small Boat on its Way from the Camp to Charles-Town, which stopt and left it at one of our Out-Plantations; and is looked on with great Pity: It is not very long since Ensign Leman, in a Rencounter, being wounded in his Leg, and a Mortification ensuing, he was forced to suffer an Amputation, and supply its Place with a wooden one. Surely our Enemies will hear this with Pleasure. …”
Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp. 592-593.