The Lee-Laurens duel was a duel between Colonel John Laurens and General Charles Lee on December 24, 1778. Lee was challenged by Laurens on event that he failed his command given to him by General George Washington. Alexander Hamilton was to be the original challenger, but Washington did not allow him to oppose Lee in a duel and Hamilton did not want to disobey direct orders as mentioned in ("Stay Alive"). Laurens, Hamilton's good friend, offered to challenge Lee on behalf of Hamilton.