One day in 1777, with things looking bleak for the Continental army, the 21-year-old colonel learned that a mutiny was in the works and ordered a midnight inspection. As Burr marched down the line, a mutineer suddenly shouted, "Now's your time, boys," aimed a gun squarely at the colonel's chest and fired. The gun, however, did not go off; Burr had removed the cartridges from each man's musket during the night. As his men looked up, he stared down his would-be assassin, drew his sword and, with a single stroke, amputated the man's arm with a single stroke.
His authority was never questioned again.
[How many ballots were needed (in the House of Representatives) to break the deadlocked presidential election between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr in February 1801? 36.]