Aaron Burr (pictured here) was vice president of the United States when he shot Alexander Hamilton 200 years ago on July 11, 1804. On July 11 of this year, Burr's family is reenacting the scandalous incident to try to rehabilitate his image. Unlike the original event, the reenactment will be televised.
About a hundred descendants from both sides of the centuries-old dispute are expected at the event at Weehawken, New Jersey, on the cliffs of the Hudson River across from New York City.
Antonio Burr, a distant cousin of the historical figure and a psychologist, will play his famous relative in the mock duel. Antonio Burr said, "Burr was one of the losers in history. I am devoted to setting the record straight."
The role of Hamilton, who was an aide to General George Washington in the American Revolution, will be played by his great-grandson Douglas Hamilton, a computer salesman from Columbus, Ohio.
"Hamilton had it right and history has proved it," said Hamilton, who said he was happy to volunteer to play his illustrious forbearer.
Details are available at http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/07/08/life.duel.reut/index.html