Aaron Burr in the News 2011-2012-2013
01/06/13 Info on Burr plays in NYC in
see the following new article concerning Burr and Lewis Wetzel from an
interview with our own Dr. Ray Swick.
November 18, 2012
Aaron Burr Exhibit on display in the Special Collections
Libraries at the University of Georgia
Brian Hardison's alma mater, the University of Georgia, has given him the
honor of being the first private collector to exhibit a collection
in the brand new, state of the art, library gallery on campus. Below is the
Aaron Burr exhibition on display at UGA’s
special collections libraries
Athens, Ga. – A display of rare
items exploring the life of Aaron Burr is on display until Jan. 31 at the
Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library galleries of the Richard B. Russell
Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia.
The Man Who Killed Hamilton:
Defending Aaron Burr Through the Books, Manuscripts, Pamphlets and Historic
Objects from the Collection of Brian Davon Hardison
contains several hundred
newspapers, manuscripts, previously unpublished signed letters, art and
historic relics from the collection of Brian Davon Hardison, a 1981 alumnus of
UGA and a judge in Paulding County.
The collection is said to be the
most comprehensive portrayal of the complicated Founding Father, who
distinguished himself during the American Revolution and went on to become an
influential lawmaker. Burr served as U.S. vice president under Thomas
Jefferson, but his legacy is overshadowed by political disputes and his
infamous duel with Alexander Hamilton.
Many of the items in the
collection relate to Burr’s contemporaries such as George Washington,
Hamilton, Jefferson and Benedict Arnold. The exhibit includes Revolutionary
War intelligence, the 1800 report of the first recorded murder trial in the
U.S., an 1807 subpoena from Burr’s trial for treason and Burr’s watch, which
contains the only known portrait of his first wife and the earliest known
portrait of his daughter, Theodosia.
The exhibit previously was on
view at the Grolier Club in New York, which also published the book,
Burriana: A Catalogue of Rare
Books, Pamphlets, Letters, Manuscripts, Documents & Objects by, About or
Relating to Aaron Burr.
Hardison has been amassing the
collection since the 1990s. He said he found Burr an interesting historical
Burr outlived his children and
made no effort to offer a written account of his life, unlike many of his
contemporaries. Documents from the era reveal, however, a progressive record
of support for women’s rights, the arts and the anti-slavery movement.
“I don’t think he was concerned
with what others thought,” Hardison said. “He was not as concerned with his
legacy as others were.”
The Hargrett Library gallery is open weekdays from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 1-5 p.m. For more information on the Hargrett
October 11, 2012 important Princeton article:
Article by ABA member John Endicott
Aaron Burr, Down (But Not Out) in Paris and London---
I want to bring your attention to a brand, or label, of red wine which at
least partly recognizes our hero, Colonel Aaron Burr. A friend from Maryland,
Christopher Hinkel (he attended our Richmond and Duel Reenactment meetings,
among others), recently gifted me with a bottle of red wine which I must tell
you about, for at least two reasons: its great taste and its killer label.
Here is what the front label says: "Dry Creek Valley. the FEDERALIST
Dueling Pistols. Off the Hudson shore at Weehawken, the Federalist, Alexander
Hamilton, was shot in a duel by Aaron Burr. " The label on the rear of the
bottle says, among things: "FEDERALIST Dueling Pistols, 2009, Dry Creek
Valley Appellation. 50% Zinfandel, 50% Syrah. Vinted and Bottled by 2Sons
Winery, Healdsburg, CA. THEFEDERALISTZIN. COM. "On July 11, 1804, off the
Hudson shore at Weehawken, the original Federalist, Alexander Hamilton, was
shot in a duel by Aaron Burr and died from his injuries. Since dueling is no
longer socially acceptable, we suggest solving differences over a glass of
this "dual" of zinfandel and syrah."
This wine has a good taste. Unfortunately, it is pricey. At the Montgomery
County, Md. Wine & Liquor store which carries it which I recently visited,
they happened to have it on sale, for $26.99 for the small bottle (750 ML);
regularly, it sells for $31.86 there. Many liquor stores offer a 10% discount
if you buy a carton of wine, in general (12 750 ML bottles).
Enjoy the remainder of the summer.
August 12, 2012
August 2012 Videos of secret hair trigger assembly
Hair trigger 1.
Hair trigger 2.
Hair trigger 3.
1/12/12 Alexander Hamilton through the eyes of Aaron Burr
tube has a rap song done in front of the Obamas by the writer/director of In
the Heights, the Grammy and Tony award winning musical. I thought it was awfully
10/25/11 Our speaker at the annual meeting this week:
Note the interesting readers comments section.
ABA members will vote only once because we are honorable.
The web site does not prevent one person from voting many times for Burr's
And more about the new book here:
News & Notes: Aaron Burr, Class of 1772, nominated for New Jersey Hall of
Congratulations Katherine on your new web site!
9/17/11 Grolier Club description of the Exhibit: See Forthcoming
Hi, Peter. Could you put this announcement up on the ABA
website. I only just found about this. I won't be in Nashville, but, if you
are, I hope you have a good time.
Suzanne G. Bowles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
William Paterson University
Here it is
Sue. Monday Sept 19.
4/23 Congratulations to Ron Chernow.
Thanks for the tid bid about weather the day of the duel.
4/17 Three videos from the TV:
This scene is off, because they did not start with
pistols aimed at each other like Richard and Doug wish had happened.
Pistols were really aimed to heaven, and Hamilton hair
trigger fired before completing his downward arc aim, per The Smithsonian
I was able to view the Alexander Hamilton special last night. Thank you Aleta
for giving me the heads up when it was going to air the second time. I was
able to record it. It aired at 3:30 AM on Friday.
I found it to be very informative and enlightening. However they didn't
portray Burr well. I was hoping that Peter would BIFF the guy in front of him
in the head. Was he totally off base. I though for sure Peter was going to put
him in his place. But I guess they wouldn't allow it. That is why we should
have our own special highlighting the career and life of Aaron Burr.
The duel was OK. It would have been better if they shown film from our
re-enactment. That would have added more flavor to the scene.
Antonio was outstanding and very distinguish. I though he should have gotten
up and smacked the guy behind him after Peter BIFFED him and challenged him to
It was great seeing the both of you in the show. I was surprised.
I saw it at 3am Wednesday.
I remember it was about 100 degrees there at the historic Madison Hotel on
60th and First Ave, once owned by John and Abigail Adams, or their daughter
They gave us like five glasses of wine each.
They edited out all my ranting's, but Antonio put a good message across.
Not sure what BIFF means, but if I had a glove, I might have taken it off and
whisked it across his face.
Challenging him with the 54 lead is so 18th century.
Here's a short vid I took off the TV.
At least in this scene he says Alex Ham is the conspirator,
(not the winner of the duel.)
Stuart's Letter to the Editor was published here:
April 11 at 10pm will be Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton on PBS.
Antonio Burr reenacts the duel and he speaks with Peter in the background at
the Society of the Cincinnati scene.
Peter's pistols used in Weehawken are used again in this documentary.
my name is Vann Mitchell and I am an art dealer in central Florida. I recently
purchased the below miniature portrait of Aaron Burr which is signed and dated
1816. The artist is famous American portrait artist John Wesley
Jarvis(1780-1820). It is signed, dated and contained in the original frame.
While researching the painting I came across your society and appreciate the
comprehensive site. I will be selling this painting in the next few days and
thought that perhaps one of your members may have interest. I will be selling
the painting for 1600 delivered. If by chance anyone is interested please let
me know at your earliest convenience. Many thanks.
2/2 Joseph Alston property is recognized.
Pentagon Cable TV channel, Timeline feature, Fit for Duty show:
I respectfully suggest that on Feb. 6, this year (or, the nearest air day,
since Feb. 6 is a Sunday), you carry on your "On this day in history" piece,
words to this effect:
"On this day in history, 255 years ago (that is, on Feb. 6, 1756), Col.
Aaron Burr, Jr., who would become our nation's third Vice President (serving
under Pres. Thomas Jefferson, in his first term), was born in Newark, N.J.
During his military career, as an officer-patriot in the American
Revolutionary War, Aaron Burr distinguished himself at the battles of Quebec;
Brooklyn/Long Island; and Monmouth, N.J., and at an outpost near Valley Forge,
Stuart Fisk Johnson, Esq.
President-General of THE AARON BURR ASSOCIATION
1004 Butterworth Lane
Upper Marlboro Md 20774
This Vidal story now has legs 1/4/11:
Interesting video of Gore Vidal telling the truth about Burr. 1/3/11