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Fight Between Con. Fitzgerald, of
New York, and Ed. Wilson, of
Weehawken, for $1,000

Fitzgerald the Victor in Ten Rounds
and Sixteen Minutes
Gallant Fight Between Con.
Orem and Patsey Marley

Arrest of the Entire Party by
General Schoepf

_ Since the great fight, for the championship of America and one thousand dollars a side, between Joe Coburn, of Philadelphia, Mike McCool, of St. Louis, in May last, no event has created such wide-spread excitement in pugilistic circles in this country as the contest between Con. Fitzgerald and Ed. Wilson, for the sum of one thousand dollars, which came off yesterday at Fort Penn, in the State of Delaware, about sixty miles from Philadelphia.


_ Both men had fought previously in the prize ring, although with different success, Fitzgerald having defeated his antagonist, while Wilson's terminated in a drawn battle. Their relative merits as regards superiority of pugilistic qualities was a disputed question among the patrons of the "manly art," and ultimately culminated in the arrangement of the match in question for five hundred dollars a side, to come off at Charlestown, Md.
_ Ed. Wilson is a New Yorker by birth, and a brass-founder by occupation. He is now in his thirty-fifth year, and his first essay in the ring was with Harry Gribbin, of New York, April 24, 1860, when after a game fight of nearly two hours, it was declared drawn by the referee, both men being severely punished. This was his only battle previous to the one we now record.
_ His antagonist, Con. Fitzgerald, was born in Albany, New York, November, 1832, and is therefore in his thirty-first year. He is the same height as Wilson - five feet eight inches - and about five pounds heavier. His only fight in the regular ring before was with Hugh Kelly, in Nevada Territory, in the year 1850 whom he defeated in eighteen rounds and thirty minutes. Kelly was the favorite at two to one but the heavy punishing hitting of Fitzgerald enabled him to win without a mark. Since that time he has remained perfectly quiet until the present match, for which he was trained by John Lawrence, Morrissey's old trainer, at McComb's Dam, finishing off at the Suffolk Park, near Philadelphia, the last ten days of his preparation. Ed. Wilson trained at his own house at Weehawken, under the care of Hen. Winkle.


_ The place of fighting was origanally named at Charlestown, Md., but the recent interference of the Maryland authorities in the Lynch and Toal fight significantly showed that any more pugilistic contests would not be allowed in that section of the state. In this emergency the co-operation and assistance of a well known influential sporting gentleman of Philadelphia, Mr William McMullen, was sought by both parties, and he promised to help them in their difficulty. He guaranteed to take them to a spot in the State of Delaware, where the fight could come off without interference, and the management of the affair was placed in his hands. The steamers were chartered, one for the public and the other for the principals, seconds and immediate backers, for which the tickets were charged five dollars each.
_ At midnight on Monday all parties embarked who had secured tickets for the latter boat, at the Brown street wharf, the other steamer sailing from the foot of Market street. The destination was Fort Penn, in the State of Delaware, about sixty-five miles from Philadelphia and four from Delaware City, and this point was reached at about seven o'clock the next morning.


_ The irruption of so many strangers into the quiet hamlet of Fort Penn alarmed the inhabitants, who imagined that Mosby's guerillas had made a raid into Delaware; and certainly the conduct of some few roughs, who invariably managed to be present on similar pugilistic excursions, justified them in drawing such a conclusion. They broke into one or two stores and plundered them of their contents, and in one instance robbed the storekeeper of his pocketbook containing some twenty-five dollars. It is but just to the others who were on the same excursion, to state that they strongly condemned these lawless proceedings, and raised by subscription, immediately they heard of the affair, a purse of the same amount of which had been robbed by the ruffians. These proceedings, as will be subsequently seen, led to the arrest of a large number of the party, and it is to be hoped the guilty ones are included among them.


_ The ring was speedily and efficiently formed by the usual commissary, Boatman Tom, of Philadelphia, on a suitable piece of turf, about a mile from the village.
_ Fitzgerald was the first to enter the ring, at a few minutes before ten o'clock, throwing in his cap in the usual orthodox manner. He was received with loud cheering. Five minutes subsequently Ed. Wilson followed, and it was noticed as a bad omen that the wind, when his cap was thrown up into the ring, carried it outside again. He also met a warm welcome. His seconds were his trainer, Hen. Winkle and Barney Aaron and his colors a handsome white silk handkerchief with colored eagle and flower and blue striped border. Fitzgerald seconds were his trainer, John Lawrence, and Dan Burns, both of them Morrissey's old trainers. His colors were green silk with white bird's eye. Joe Coburn and Theodore Allen were Wilson's and Con's respective umpires, but a long delay ensued for referee. Mr McMullen declined to act, on the ground that he was unaquainted with the rules of the ring. Mr John McKewen also refused, and ultimately Mr E.James, of the Clipper, agreed to officiate. Lawrence won the toss for choice of ground for Fitzgerald, and took the corner most sheltered from the bitter keen wind that prevailed.
_ Offers to bet one hundred dollars to seventy-five on Con. met with no response. Neither did Ed. Wilson's offer to bet five hundred against a thousand that he won, his opponent offering five hundred to four hundred. A few bets were made and shaking hands of the prinipals and seconds, round time was called for.


_ ROUND FIRST - As they stood facing each other, sparring for an opening, they appeared to be pretty evenly matched, both in height and weight. Fitzgerald position was more artistic than his opponent's, and he appeared more active in his movements, as might have been anticipated from the advantage he possesed in point of youth. Their condition was perfection itself, the muscles of their arms and shoulders being splendidly developed and standing out in bold relief. Neither of them seemed to have an ounce of superfluous flesh, and a pretracted, well contested fight was confidently anticipated by the spectators. Some time was spent in sparring. Con. at length leading off and both countering together on the face. Breaking fresh ground, they again joined issue, the exchanges, where quick and heavy, being in Con.'s favor, although Wilson won the first of the three events by drawing first blood by a left hander on the nose. Fitzgerald, however, made the balance even by knocking Wilson down by a heavy half arm hit, amid loud cheers from his party, which were as warmly responded to by Wilson's friends for his encouragement.
_ ROUND SECOND. - Both prompt to the call of time, Fitzgerald leading off, but was well stopped. He tried it again, but with no better effect. More sparring, both countering together and getting home on the face, Con. at last finishing the round by sending Wilson to the grass. Loud cheers, and offers to bet seventy against one hundred dollars that Wilson won.
_ ROUND THIRD. - Neither of them showed any marks of punishment as they came up for this round. Some time was spent in sparring, Con. at last exclaiming, "Why don't you fight, Ed.?" to which Wilson replied, "Why don't you start, Con.?" The latter was obliged to lead off, but was stopped twice in succession, Wilson being evidently resolved to make Fitzgerald take the initiative. In his third essay he was more successful, as he planted his right, upon which he seemed to depend almost entirely, fair on Wilson's nose, following it up with a second and heavier hit on the same place, which knocked Ed. fairly off his feet. Loud cheering for Fitzgerald, and offers of one hundred dollars to fifty that he won.
_ ROUND FOURTH. Wilson's seconds sent him up comparitively fresh and clean, and he smiled grimly at his opponent as they toed the scratch. After some little feinting Con. got home on the cheek, and as Wilson returned on the body he delivered a terrific right hander on the nose, which caused the crimson fluid to spout like a torrent, and breaking it like an eggshell. He followed it up by a second sledgehammer hit with the right under the ear, which evidently confused Wilson, and terminated the round by a third tremenous facer, which floored him like a shot, Wilson going down like a log in his own corner. So unmistakably apparent were the effects of Con.'s heavy hitting in this round, that one hundred dollars to twenty against Wilson were offered without any takers.
_ ROUND FFTH. - Wilson came up so weak that Con. at once forced the fighting, sending Wilson to the grass by a lefthander on the nose, which caused the blood to flow in increased torrents. Odds of one hundred to five offered on Fitzgerald.
_ ROUND SIXTH. - To the surprise of every one, Wilson came up promptly and gamely at the call of time. Con dashed in, and with a heavy blow on the face knocked him on the ropes in his own corner, and followed it up with the right and left on the same spot, and knocked him off his legs, amid loud cheers from his friends.
_ ROUND SEVENTH. - The fight was now virtually over, for although Wilson came up with the most undaunted gameness it was only to receivve punishment, without being able to inflict any corresponding harm in return. Con at once forced the fighting, in accordance with his second's instructions, delivering his right very heavily on the old spot, and knocking Wilson off his legs.
_ ROUND EIGHTH. - Wilson, although suffering from the severe hitting he had received, came up as game as ever to time. Con dashed in, napping a couple of body hits for his temerity, which, however, were deficient in power to do any harm, and delivering in return a rapid and effective one, two and three on the head and face, which made the blood stream again in profussion, and knocking him off his legs. One hundred dollars to two were offered in one quarter on Fitzgerald, without any one accepting it.
_ ROUND NINTH. - Wilson was still able to be on hand at the call of time, but all chance of success had vanished long ago, and it was only his unflinching game that made him continue the hopeless contest. He came up to the scratch to be hit all over by those terrific righthanders of Fitzgerald's, and knocked down weak, powerless and bleeding. At the finish there were loud cries for his seconds to take their man away, as he was being literally cut to pieces by his opponent's severe sledgehammer hitting; but he himself would not listen to the advice tendered, and persisted in coming up.
_ ROUND TENTH AND LAST. - Weak from loss of blood, and staggering from his tremendous pluck. Con was apparently determined to finish off his opponent at once, for he rushed in, and disregarding the feeble blows he gave, administered his right and left with stinging severity on the face, sent him so heavily to the grass that his second, seeing the hopelessness and cruelty of continuing the fight, and afraid of a fatal termination if persisted any longer, threw up the sponge in token of his defeat, although strongly against the wishes of the brave fellow himself, who was deeply mortified at his defeat.
_ The fight lasted excatly sixteen minutes, and in every round Wilson was knocked down.


_ But little comment is necessary on this fight. Wilson proved himself as brave, game fellow that he has always been considered, but he showed also that beyond gameness he has none of the requisite qualities of a boxer. He is deficient in science, connot lead off at all, and did not know how to take advantage of the many openings that were offered him. Fitzgerald has a good deal to learn before he can be considered perfect as a boxer. He is very active on his legs, hits tremendously heavy and straight, especially with his dangerous right, and is one of the fairest fighters we ever witnessed. His defence, however, is not very strong, as he preferes leading off with his right, which he uses with effect, instead of reserving it as a guard or to cross counter, and thus lays himself open to a scientific antagonist. This is a fault that can be easily rectified, and which, if he is matched against Joe Coburn - of which there was some talk after the fight, Con. declaring his willingness to meet him for two thousand dollars a side - he will be compelled to remedy. As it is, he entirely satisfied his friends by his performance on this occasion

Fight Between Con. Orem
and Patsy Marley


_ Immediately after the above another fight, for a purse fifty dollars, between Con. Orem and Patsy Marley, a newly arrived English middleweight, was commenced. The battling was in favor of Orem at the start, but changed to Marley before it was finished.
_ They fought seventy-six rounds, in two hours and five minutes, entirely in favor of Marley, who punished Orem severely about the face, closing one eye entirely, while he himself was not much marked. Orem fought in the grandest possible manner, and could have fought another hour, but the referee peremptorily forbid the fight being prolonged, as it was rumored the military were en route to the field.
_ This was found to be the case, and many were arrested. The villagers had made complaints at Delaware City to the State authorities, and the Provost Marshal called upon General Schoepf, the commandant of the forces at Fort Delaware, for military assistance. One of the steamers was seized by a revenue cutter, loaded with soldiers, ready armed, and on which was our reporter. The boat was taken to Fort Delaware, a few miles down the river, and the entire passengers placed in the custody of two companies of men. After being detained a few hours a number of them were set at liberty by the General as soon as he became satisfied they had not been implicated in the outrages perpetrated, and who, we must state, discharged his unpleasing duty with the most gentlemanly courtesy, as did also Provost Marshal J. Smith, of Philadelphia, who had been telegraphed for A large number still remains in custody, among whom are Joe Coburn, Harry Hill, Capt. Turner, Boatman Tom and many other well known sporting men of New York and Philadelphia.

New York Herald 1963

New York Herald 1963

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