"Dreadful Fracas Atween the General and the Bentons at Nashvil (sic)"

General Andrew Jackson possessed a terrible temper. This gun and knife fight, pitting Jackson and Colonel John Coffee against Colonel Thomas Hart Benton and his brother Jesse, took place at the City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The fight ensued after Thomas Benton reprimanded Jackson in a letter for standing in as a second to his friend, William Carroll, in a duel against Jesse Benton. In the fracas, Jesse Benton shoots and wounds General Jackson in his left arm and shoulder. Jesse was wounded in the buttocks in that incident, causing him much pain and embarrassment. Ironically, when Jackson was elected to the Senate in 1823, he occupied a seat right next to Thomas Hart Benton.

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