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(Galesburg, IL)  –  Two students who are part of the Knox College Fencing Club crossed blades earlier this month on a sidewalk south of Old Main.  It was the site of the Lincoln-Douglass Debate on the Knox College campus in Galesburg.  Swordplay within view of the date site recalls the day.  On September 22nd in 1942, 170 years ago, some 16-years before the debate, when Abraham Lincoln nearly engaged in a duel that could have resuled in either injury or death to the future president. The story of the political disagreement between Lincoln and James Shields, which led to Shields challenging Lincoln to a duel on that date, is covered in Honor's Voice, an award-winning book by Douglas Wilson, co-director of the Lincoln Studeies Center at Knox College.

 

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