January 20, 2007
Confederate general John S. Marmaduke commanded troops in several Arkansas fights but is perhaps best known for a personal battle. In 1863, Marmaduke became involved in a dispute over the actions taken by fellow general Lucius Walker at the Battle of Helena. A displeased Marmaduke implied that Walker had been a coward. Walker challenged Marmaduke to a duel, and on September 6, 1863, near present-day North Little Rock (Pulaski County), the two met. After a first shot drew no blood, a second was fired, and Walker was mortally wounded, dying shortly afterwards.