In 1807, soldiers captured the fugitive, Aaron Burr on a muddy road in Louisiana Territory, soon after that region's purchase. Burr's fall from grace seemed total. The former vice president, who had dressed as magnificently as any head of state, wore a battered beaver hat and ragged wool coat. The dandy who had charmed women by the score sported a scruffy crop of whiskers. Aaron Burr had traveled West just six months before to carve out his own empire. Now, he would return East to stand trial for treason. Read more about Burr's fall from grace and its historical context in an article from American Experience: "The Duel."