Look Back: Bloody Island's infamous legacy, Benton kills Lucas in duel in 1817
Date: 9/24/2010 Album ID: 1082758
Photos by Missouri History Museum
In October 1816, Charles Lucas opposed fellow lawyer Thomas Hart Benton in a civil suit in St. Louis. They clashed in the courtroom, essentially calling each other liars. The contentious relationship lead them to Bloody Island for a duel. On Sept. 27, 1817 they met once again at Bloody Island for a second duel. Benton fired first, fatally wounding Lucas.