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230                                 AFFAIR OF HONOR.
Such honor did they both display, They highly were commended ;
And thus in short, this gallant fray Without mischance was ended.
No fresh dispute, we may suppose,
Will e'er by them be started. For now the chiefs, no longer foes,
Shook hands, and so they parted.
1  General Robert Howe was born at Brunswick, North Carolina, in 1734. The exact date of his birth is unknown. He was one of the earliest and boldest patriots of the South. For his gallantry during tlie early part of the Revolution, Congress appointed him a Brigadier-General, and ordered him to Virginia. In 1778 he was assigned to the command of the southern troops. After the unsuc­cessful expedition against Florida, and the defeat at Savannah, his conduct was severely, though unjustly, censured. Among others, Gadsden declaimed against him, and refusing to retract, a duel ensued, in which the only injury done was a slight scratch made upon Gadsden's cheek by the ball from Howe's weapon.
2  Christopher Gadsden was a native of Charleston, South Caro­lina, where he was born in 1724. He was a member of the Con­gress of 1765, and also of that which met in 1774. After the capit­ulation of Charleston, 1780, Gadsden was sent to St. Augustine, by order of Cornwallis, and there confined in the castle nearly a year. In later life he was chosen Lieutenant-Governor, and in 1782 elected Governor, but declined on account of his age. He died in 1805.
1 Colonel P., afterwards General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, u;is Howe's second in this affair.
1 Colonel I'.. Bernard Elliot was Gadsden's second.

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