Weehawken hosts annual commemoration of Hamilton-Burr duel

Includes program by author and historian Victoria Johnson on Thursday, July 11

Statues commemorate the famous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton at Lincoln Harbor
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Statues commemorate the famous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton at Lincoln Harbor

The annual commemoration of the Hamilton-Burr duel will take place at the Hamilton Memorial, overlooking the Weehawken Dueling Grounds on Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m.

This year marks the 215th anniversary of this infamous day in American history.

The location will be the Hamilton Monument on Hamilton Avenue, just south of Hamilton Park, Weehawken.

This year’s observance will feature Richard Porter, 2nd vice president and historian of the St. Andrews Society of the State of New York. He will talk about the first monument erected on the site of the dueling grounds, which was placed there by the Society in 1806.

The St. Andrew’s Society was formed in New York City in 1756 and counted as its members Alexander Hamilton and Dr. David Hosack, who treated Hamilton’s wound directly after the duel.

Richard Porter has had successful careers in higher education, museum administration, and gallery management. He currently works as an actor, voice actor and vocalist and provided the “Voice” of Alexander Hamilton’s Statue in Central Park.

Following the commemoration, all are invited to the Weehawken Elks Lodge to hear a talk by noted author and historian Victoria Johnson from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Ms Johnson’s most recent work, “American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic,” is a 2018 National Book Award Finalist in nonfiction and winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in biography.

Ms. Johnson was also a 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist in History.

Her talk will focus on Dr. Hosack’s relationship with the Hamilton and Burr families and what it must have been like for him to accompany his two friends across the Hudson from New York to Weehawken on that fateful day in 1804.

Admission to this event is free.