Jim Bowie, famed for the Bowie knife, was born in Kentucky in 1796, but moved with his family to Missouri and then Louisiana. A backwoods adventurer, Bowie quickly gained a reputation as a fearless fighter.
In September of 1827, Bowie was involved in a brawl near Natchez, Mississippi in which several men were killed and Bowie was wounded. During the fight, Bowie himself disemboweled one of the men. After the fight the wounded were carried back to Natchez to receive medical attention, while the dead were buried in Vidalia.
After this time, he moved to Texas, where he several years searching for gold and silver. Later, during the Texas Revolution, he was a leader at the Battle of Concepcion and San Antonio. In fact, Bowie was in command of the force at San Antonio until the arrival of William Travis and regular army troops.
During the famous siege of the Alamo, Bowie and Travis shared leadership duties, a job that often caused friction between the two men. However, due to a fall, and a serious bout with pneumonia, Bowie was confined to his bed during the last, fatal attack on March 6, 1836.
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