Natchez, Mississippi: September 20, 1827: Formidable frontier knife fighter Jim Bowie was shot twice, stabbed “many” times, and had a sword impaled in his chest but still managed to stand, fight, and kill in a gentlemen’s duel gone dreadfully wrong.
Since dueling is illegal in Mississippi, it all happened on a sandbar on the Louisiana side of the Mississippi River just west of here, yesterday. Samuel Wells of Natchez faced Louisiana doctor Thomas Maddox in a pistol duel. Each man had a large contingency of witnesses. Both men were allowed two shots at each other. Both missed. So, the actual duel ended with a laugh, with a handshake and with the opening of a bottle of wine, celebrating the dueler’s new found “friendship.”
Bowie was Wells’ second in the duel, and Judge R.A. Crane from Louisiana was Dr. Maddox’s second.