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|Tears on the midnight pillow: Quitman's boys die in 1833|
(Seventh in a series)
In March of 1833, John Quitman, an expert marksman, shot himself in the leg. But the pain would pale in comparison to what happened weeks later when two of his sons -- Edward and John -- died of cholera within two days of one another.
The shooting accident occurred in a bayou near New Orleans. One of Quitman's biographers, historian Robert E. May, wrote that Quitman while in a boat "drew his loaded pistol from his pocket -- apparently to shoot wildlife -- and it accidentally discharged, the bullet going through his calf and settling in his instep."
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