From the Richmond Whig, 8/17/1864, p. 1, c. 5
A DUEL NEAR THE CITY THIS MORNING BETWEEN THE EDITOR OF THE EXAMINER AND THE TREASURER OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES.
The chivalry, as well as non-combatants, for the first time for many a day, were thrown into an excitement this morning by a rumor that a hostile meeting had taken place between John M. Daniel, Esq., of the Richmond Examiner, and E. C. Elmore, Confederate States Treasurer. The current report is that the meeting took place at 5 1/2 o'clock this morning, on Dill's farm, two miles north of the city.
Mr. H. Rives Pollard, of the Examiner, acted as the friend of Mr. Daniel, and Lieut. Thomas Taylor, of S. C., as the friend of Mr. Elmore. The weapons used, it is said, were the ordinary smooth-bore duelling pistols; the distance ten paces. Only two shots were exchanged, Mr. Daniel being wounded at the second fire in the flesh part of the right leg, a few inches above the ankle. His wound, though not dangerous, is said to be very painful.
The affair grew out of a paragraph which appeared in the local column of the Examiner on the 1st instant, headed "Alleged Defalcation in the Treasury Department - Astonishing Developments."
The paragraph announced that the arrest of Detective F. W. Boyd, on the charge of attempting to bribe Detective R. B. Craddock "into silence in respect to certain facts concerning a high official" of the Treasury Department, had resulted in bringing to its development "a defalcation in the Treasury, said to be of a very large amount." Craddock reported to higher authority, and was instructed to ask $10,000 for the suppression of the fact, that he had seen the "high official playing Government funds away at faro, and the gamblers 'beating him' out of immense sums.
It is stated on the street that Mr. Elmore addressed a note to Mr. Daniel, representing that public rumore unjustly pointed to him as the "high official" alluded to, and requesting the insertion of a paragraph in the Examiner disclaiming any allusion to the Treasurer. Mr. Daniel, report says, declined to insert the disclaimer, and further correspondence resulted in a challenge from Mr. Elmore, which was accepted.