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Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Popular Place to Duel - #history #genealogy #georgiapioneers

A Popular Site for Dueling
By Jeannette Holland Austin

Four miles southeast of Augusta at the site of the old Sand Bar Ferry owned by Thomas Goodall is the remembered site of dueling. The sandbar stood on the Georgia side about 50 yards from the bank and about 300 yards downstream. South Carolinians would cross the river on the ferry, settle their differences on the sandbar, then recross to the northern bank where Georgia had no jurisdiction. Likewise, Georgians would cross the river to the Carolina side and settle their differences in a large level field before returning to Georgia. Today the Sand Bar Ferry Bridge on South Carolina Route 28 over the Savannah River links Aiken County, South Carolina and Richmond County, Georgia .

Interestingly, the Goodale house at 745 Sand Bar Ferry Road was built in 1799. Thomas Goodale owned a 500-acre plantation on this site in 1740 and operated the Sand Bar Ferry across the Savannah River. The plantation was sold in 1799 to Mr. Christopher Fitzsimmons from Charleston, who built the house.

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