Clipping from the Sacramento Daily Union of May 18, 1861, reporting on a pro-Union resolution passed in the California legislature to great surprise.
Clipping from the Sacramento Daily Union of May 20, 1861, reporting on the attempt to pass a pro-Confederate resolution in the California legislature. It was argument on a procedural issue during this debate that prompted Piercy to challenge Showalter.
Clipping from the Daily Alta California of May 25, 1861, describing the upcoming Showalter-Piercy duel and events leading up to it.
Clipping from the Daily Alta California of May 26, 1861, describing the events and aftermath of the duel.
Announcement of the duel, although illegal, from the Sacramento Daily Union of May 25, 1861.
Transcription of a previously unpublished letter of Dan Showalter to his brother William explaining his actions in the Showalter-Piercy duel, together with a statement of its provenance (below). These pages courtesy of the Showalter family collections.