AS SEEN IN:
'The Improbable History Of Mr. Peabody'
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On September 19, 1827, Jim Bowie and Sheriff Norris Wright attended a duel on a sandbar outside of Natchez, Mississippi. Bowie supported duellist Samuel Levi Wells III, while Wright supported Wells's opponent, Dr. Thomas Harris Maddox. The duellists each fired two shots and, as neither man had been injured, resolved their duel with a handshake. Other members of the groups, who had various reasons for disliking each other, began fighting.
Bowie was shot in the hip; after regaining his feet he drew a knife, described as a butcher knife, and charged his attacker, who hit Bowie over the head with his empty pistol, breaking the pistol and knocking Bowie to the ground. Wright shot at and missed the prone Bowie, who returned fire and possibly hit Wright. Wright then drew his sword cane and impaled Bowie.
When Wright attempted to retrieve his blade by placing his foot on Bowie's chest and tugging, Bowie pulled him down and disemboweled Wright with his large knife. Wright died instantly, and Bowie, with Wright's sword still protruding from his chest, was shot again and stabbed by another member of the group. The doctors who had been present for the duel retrieved the bullets and patched Bowie's other wounds.
Many historians and even members of Bowie's own family believe that it was Rezin Bowie who actually invented the knife, but it was the "Sandbar Fight" that brought it fame.
However, in the Tooniverse, it was Mr. Peabody who invented the knife in 1825 so that Jim Bowie would have the proper utensil to cut the steaks at his Mississippi restaurant, "Bowie's Beanery".