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The Daily Dispatch: January 3, 1862., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
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A prize fight in New Orleans. --Two men, named Edward Burnett and James Fitzgerald, claiming to be professional pugilists, fought a battle in a prize ring at New Orleans, on the morning of the 27th ult, which lasted for three hours and two minutes, two hundred and fifty-one rounds having been fought. This is said to have been the longest fight of the kind that has adorned the pages of American history. Finally, wearied and beaten so that they could do each other no more damage, the reenfrs and two minutes, two hundred and fifty-one rounds having been fought. This is said to have been the longest fight of the kind that has adorned the pages of American history. Finally, wearied and beaten so that they could do each other no more damage, the reenforced interfered, and the men themselves were quits satisfied to call it a drawn battle. It is said that the cause of the encounter was the success of Burnett in recently marrying a girl upon whom Fitzgerald had set his affections,