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Ten handwritten letters between William J. Blow and William T. Marsh. This exchange of letters was about W.T. Marsh "demanding satisfaction for offensive language used by Dr. Blow” towards him. This exchange included letters between Marsh’s second, General Walter S. Hanrahan, and Blow’s second, General George B. Singeltary. The proposed duel would not take place until after election, but Dr. Blow would ultimately decline for "reasons personal to myself alone."
William James Blow was born 10 May 1818, the third child of James and Susannah (Forbes) Blow. He married Dorcas Sylvester Masters and they had James, Elizabeth, William, John, Ida, Henry, Alexander, Joseph, William, and Mary. William James graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1840. He practiced medicine in Greenville, North Carolina and was a surgeon for the 27th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Confederate Army. He died 7 August 1864 in Greenville, North Carolina.
William T. Marsh was born 21 July 1830 in Beaufort County, North Carolina. He graduated in 1852 from Yale Law School. In 1860, Marsh was elected to the state House of Representatives as the representative from Beaufort County. The following year he was an officer in a local militia regiment. During the Civil War, he served as a Captain in Company 1 of the 4th North Carolina Infantry. Marsh was mortally wounded at the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam) on 17 September 1862, and died 24 September 1862.
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William J. Blow Papers (CD 01.07), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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