The Dastardly Past: Button Gwinnett:
On May 15, 1777, signer of the Declaration of Independence Button Gwinnett engaged in a duel with General Lachlan McIntosh, who had publicly referred to Gwinnett as a “Scoundrell and lying Rascal.” (Gwinnett’s signature is at the top of the left-most column of the Declaration–see below.) The duel, which took place in Savannah, Georgia, resulted in both men getting shot in the leg. McIntosh’s was a flesh wound, but Gwinnett’s thigh bone had been broken. Gangrene set in quickly and Gwinnett died in a matter of days. He is buried in Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery, although the exact location of his grave remains a mystery.