James “Jim” Bowie was known for his famous “Bowie knife” with adventures that could be reckless sometime. James “Jim” Bowie was born in Logan County, Kentucky on April 10, 1796, and died at the Battle of the Alamo in Texas during the bid for Independence from Mexico on March 6, 1836 at the age of 36.. He settled in 1802 in Chatahoula parish, Louisiana, with his parents, and became notorious from his participation in a severe contest that took place in Natchez, on the Mississippi, in August, 1827. Bowie’s reputation was cemented by his role in the Texas Revolution.
After moving to Texas in 1830, Bowie became a Mexican citizen and married the daughter of the vice governor of the province A duel having been arranged between Dr. Maddox and Samuel Wells, they met on a low sandbar near the city, outside the state limits. After the difficulty had been adjusted by the exchange of two shots without effect, the principals were joined by parties of friends, and a general melee took place, in which fifteen of the number were wounded and six killed. James was quite the boy at a young age.
He was taught to speak, write, and read in Spanish and French. He could plant crops, run the plantation, and survive in the wild. He became real close to Indians and they taught him extreme stuff. Roping wild horses and alligators. His gun skills were untouchable being so young. He could shoot anything with gun powder and his knife skills were on top level as well. The Grass Fight was a small battle during the Texas Revolution, fought between the Mexican Army and the Texian Army. The battle took place on November 26, 1835, just south of San Antonio in Mexican Texas ….
Bowie, who had been shot early in the engagement, drew his knife, which had been made from a blacksmith’s rasp or large file, and killed Major Norris Wright with it. After the conflict, the weapon was sent to Philadelphia, where it was fashioned by a cutler into the form of a knife, which style of weapon has since become famous as the “Bowie knife. ” When the original was received by Bowie, he was told: ” It is more trustworthy in the hands of a strong man than a pistol, for it will not snap. ” Before the revolution in Texas, Bowie took part in many adventures.
He spent valuable time speaking to people to gain close friendships with Indians in his search for elusive silver and gold reported to be hidden in the interior of Texas. It is not proven but the theory is that he found the fabled San Saba mines, also known as the Bowie mines, near the geographic center of present day Texas. Later Bowie immigrated to Texas with his brother, and took a prominent part in the Texan revolution. He fought in San Saba in November 2, 1831, and in the battles with the Mexicans near Nacogdoches and at Concepcion during 1835.
He attained the grade of colonel and commanded at Grass Fight, October 25, 1835. He was in command of a volunteer force in San Antonio when William Travis arrived with regular army troops. The two men shared authority during much of the Siege of the Alamo, which caused some personal friction. Bowie was ill and he was confined to his cot at the time of his death on March 6, 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo. In January, 1836, he was ordered to Bexar ; later he joined Cols. Travis and Crockett, and was killed with them at the taking of the Alamo.