The Honorable William E. Simms (Prosecution) challenged the Honorable Garrett Davis (Defense) to a duel over comments made by Davis and reported in a newspaper article published in the Paris Citizen. According to an article in The Cincinnati Enquirer published on June 14, 1859, the "challenge" resulted from this incident:
|The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 4, 1859, p. 2.|
You can read a rather lengthy exchange of letters that were published on June 17, 1859 in the Louisville Courier. The article discussed a "Difficulty Between Capt. Wm. E. Simms and the Honorable Garrett Daivs. What's fascinating to me is that, in an effort not to break the law in Kentucky, they both agreed to hold the duel in Cincinnati.
|The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 21, 1859, p. 4.|