James Bowie



James Bowie shared command of the intrepid 189 at the Alamo with William B. Travis.  A Texas hero and a reckless adventurer, Bowie was known for his legendary ability to fight with the Bowie knife and his skill in riding alligators.

Although Bowie was born in Logan County, Kentucky in 1796 he moved with his family to Missouri while he was still quite young.  He then moved to Louisiana in 1802, where he spent the majority of his youth. It was there that he first acquired a reputation for his bold and fearless disposition.

Bowie participated in a bloody brawl near Natchez, Mississippi, in 1827. Several men were killed and Bowie was wounded in the brawl. A year later, after he recovered from his wounds, he moved to Texas as a prospector.  Some time before the revolt of Texas against Mexico James Bowie went to Mexico, where he married Ursulita de Veramendez, the only daughter of Governor Veramendez, of one of the Mexican States. She was born in Monclova, Mexico, but was pure Castilian blood. General Santa Anna was her godfather. Bowie became a Mexican citizen in 1830.

Before the revolution in Texas, Bowie took part in many adventures. He spent considerable time cultivating friendships with Indians in his search for elusive silver and gold reported to be hidden in the interior of Texas. By some accounts, he is said to have found the fabled San Saba mines, also known as the Bowie mines, near the geographic center of present day Texas.

During the Texas Revolution, Bowie commanded a detachment in the battle of Conception and was a leading participant in the Grass Fight near San Antonio. Bowie shared the command of a volunteer force and Travis' regular army troops at the Alamo with Colonel Travis. This arrangement caused some personal friction but the two men stood united and firm in the face of the overwhelming force of the Mexican army. Despite the fact that he contracted pneumonia and was disabled, Bowie laying confined to his cot, asked for help to carry him over the line when Travis called for volunteers to hold the fort. It is said that he died facing the enemy from that same cot on March 6, 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo.

This memoriable man is portraied by Mr. Jack Edmondson!