Pistols at Ten Paces
Twenty-foot obelisk dedicated to Dr. William Crawford Willkings (1826-1856) in Oakdale Cemetery, 520 N 15th Street in Wilmington, North Carolina. Willkings, a medical doctor, is believed to be the last person killed in a duel in North Carolina. He gave a speech at a Democratic rally on April 30, 1856 accusing the American Party of jeopardizing public health for the sake of a dollar. Joseph H. Flanner published a classified ad calling Willkings a liar, and Willkings challenged him to a duel. The duel was held across state lines in South Carolina - pistols at ten paces. Each man fired three rounds, and the fatal shot hit Willkings in the lung. Hundreds attended his funeral, and The Democratic Association of Wilmington paid for his monument.