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.
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.
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 away, measured in a direct line); Sidney A. Murray, Jr., Hydroelectric Station (about 600 feet away); Post of Concord Established
More about this marker. Located on the north side of the Vidalia Conference & Convention Center building.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2018.