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Vidalia in Concordia Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

James Bowie

1827

 
 
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1. James Bowie Marker
Inscription.  Folklore and legend swirl around the famous Sand Bar Duel of September 1827, which involved the adventurous James Bowie. What began as a "gentlemen's duel" between Dr. Thomas H. Maddox and Samuel L. Wells on a sand bar in the Vidalia-Natchez area, ended amicably between the two principals. However, a melee ensued among the many witnesses, leaving two men dead and two seriously wounded, including Bowie.

Despite his wounds, and using the Bowie knife made famous by himself and his brother, James Bowie killed Major Norris Wright, Sheriff of Rapides Parish.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement.
 
Location. 31° 33.819′ N, 91° 25.262′ W. Marker is in Vidalia, Louisiana, in Concordia Parish. Marker is on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Front Street, Vidalia LA 71373, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mississippi River (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 (within shouting distance of this marker); Relocation of Vidalia (about 500 feet

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June 30, 2018
2. James Bowie Marker
away, measured in a direct line); Sidney A. Murray, Jr., Hydroelectric Station (about 600 feet away); Post of Concord Established (about 700 feet away); Natchez (approx. half a mile away); Natchitoches - Natchez Road (approx. half a mile away); Natchez Under-the-Hill - Life on the Riverfront (approx. 0.6 miles away in Mississippi). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vidalia.
 
More about this marker. Located on the north side of the Vidalia Conference & Convention Center building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2018.
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