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Defending His Jewish Ancestry

The friends of Dr. Minis, among them Dr. Richard Arnold, who would later become mayor of Savannah during the War Between the States, encourages Minis to take action. Letting Stark continue his hateful tirade eroded not only the honor of the good doctor, but his Jewish ancestry itself especially since the Minis family were among the first Jewish settlers in Georgia. Minis takes action. 

On August 9th, 1832, Minis challenges Stark to a duel. The letter is delivered by his second, Charles Spalding. Stark accepts the challenge.

According to the Code Duello, the challenged could pick the time, place, and choice of weapons, and the challenger could modify the terms until a mutual agreement was reached.

Across the river was where men set to duel would go. Now there is a large hotel, where there once was a large grassy plain.
Across the river was where men set to duel would go. Now there is a large hotel, where there once was a large grassy plain.

Since dueling was illegal in Georgia, Stark chooses to meet at Screven's Ferry, South Carolina a grassy plain across the Savannah River. He sets the time for 5 p.m. that afternoon. His choice of weapons? Rifles.

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