Hamilton Historical Innacuracies

Decide if each statement regarding the historical accuracy of Hamilton: An American Musical is true or false.
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1. Alexander Hamilton's son Philip Hamilton actually died in 1801. (Unlike in the musical, in which he dies sometime prior to the Election of 1800.)
True
False
Philip died November 24, 1801, at age 19.
2. The three Schuyler sisters were in fact not the only children! They had older brothers, in addition to several younger siblings. (Unlike in the musical, in which Angelica claims that she is the oldest and the burden of marrying rich rests on her shoulders.)
True
False
While the Schuyler sisters did have brothers, they were much younger. Angelica was, in fact, the oldest sibling.
3. John Laurens didn't die directly after Yorktown. In fact, he died almost a year later in the Battle of Combahee River. (Unlike in the musical, in which Hamilton learns that Laurens was killed before his troops had received word that the battle was over.)
True
False
Laurens actually led a joint command with Hamilton in Yorktown, VA and was not "in South Carolina, redefining bravery" as the musical would lead us to believe.
4. Hamilton actually met Aaron Burr prior to 1776. They met through Hamilton's roommate and close friend, Robert Troup, in 1775, when Hamilton first arrived in the city. (Unlike in the musical, in which Hamilton and Burr first meet at Fraunces' Tavern in 1776.)
True
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Hamilton and Burr really didn't cross paths until much, much later than the musical tells us. They likely only became acquainted in the years following the war, when they both became lawyers in NYC.
5. Hamilton and Eliza actually eloped without her father's permission, as did Angelica and Peggy. (Unlike in the musical, in which Hamilton first waits for General Schuyler's approval to marry Eliza.)
True
False
Eliza was actually the only one of the "Schuyler Sisters" trio to ask for her father's permission to marry. Angelica and Peggy both eloped with their husbands.
6. Laurens actually had a wife and daughter in Europe throughout the entire war, which he successfully concealed for the rest of his life. (Unlike in the musical, in which it is never mentioned.)
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Laurens married Martha Manning after she revealed she was pregnant with his child. He left for America before his daughter, Fanny, was born and died before he could bring either of them to America.
7. Hamilton was not kicked out of the army after the Lee-Laurens duel, which took place in 1778. It wasn't until 1781 that he and George Washington had a falling out that led Hamilton to take a leave of absence. (Unlike in the musical, in which he's absent from the army from the duel until Yorktown.)
True
False
Hamilton and Laurens faced no repercussions for their participation in the duel. Hamilton and Washington had a separate, unrelated dispute many years later related to Washington's reluctance to award Hamilton a command.
8. The "Room Where it Happens" dinner between Madison, Jefferson, and Hamilton is entirely fictional.
True
False
The three of them actually worked out the Capitol/Bank trade (known colloquially as the Compromise of 1790) over a dinner that Jefferson planned and Madison mediated. It's still unknown exactly what ensued that night.
9. Hamilton and Laurens exchanged (arguably) romantic letters throughout their friendship, which have been characterized by some historians as romantic in nature. (Unlike in the musical, in which the two are depicted as strictly friends.)
True
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The Hamilton-Laurens letters were discovered and censored by John Hamilton, Alexander's son, years after Hamilton's death. John published these censored letters and went on to name one of his sons "Laurens," which became a recurring Hamilton family name.
10. Burr was arrested multiple times following Hamilton's death, but he escaped to the west and died many years later.
True
False
While Burr was arrested multiple times in the years following the duel, these arrests were in connection to attempted treason. He died in New York, after successfully restarting his law practice and remarrying.
11. Both Burr and Jefferson had unacknowledged, illegitimate children with their slave/servant.
True
False
Both men had multiple illegitimate children with their slave/servant. Jefferson fathered 5 or 6 with Sally Hemmings, his 14 year old slave, while Burr fathered 2 with Mary Emmons, his servant.
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