Man killed in duel with Andrew Jackson given new burial site
Charles Dickinson was killed 204 years ago after losing a pistol duel with Andrew Jackson.
He was given a new resting place Friday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The great, great, great grandson of Charles Dickinson placed the first scoop of dirt over his new gravesite Friday.
Dickinson was killed 204 years ago after losing a pistol duel with Andrew Jackson.
"This is the culmination of many, many years of searching, trying to prove where he was buried, finding his grave, exhuming his remains, bringing him here to Old Nashville Cemetery and re-interring him," said Charles Miller.
Dickinson's grave was lost in 1926 when his box tomb was stolen and a neighborhood was built on the farm where he was buried.
"This is a day to remember because what was lost was found," said local historian Fletch Coke, who led the local effort to find Dickinson's lost grave.
Coke continued, "I had been involved with the Hermitage and worked on Andrew Jackson's life on interpretation and always wondered where [Charles Dickinson was] buried."
After two failed attempts to locate the gravesite by digging where they thought the grave should be, they finally found a bone, multiple coffin nails and a screw.
"It was just a wooden casket, a wooden coffin, and you could clearly see the eight sided outline in the dirt," Coke recalled.
After Friday's re-interment service, Dickinson, who has been part of Tennessee's history, will have a permanent resting place in the Historic Nashville City Cemetery.
The Nashville Historic Society will soon place a replica box tomb over his burial site.