The Bowie Knife. This famous weapon received its name from Colonel James Bowie, by whom it was invented. Colonel Bowie distinguished himself in the war of Independence in Texas. He showed great bravery in several battles and skirmishes, and was killed with Colonels Travis and Crockett, in the attack on the Alamo, in San Antonio. Colonel Bowie lived in Louisiana, but was by birth a Georgian. He became notorious in the Southwest on account of a terrible duel which he fought with Norris Wright and others, on a bar of the Mississippi - one of the bloodiest rencontres on record - in which he was wounded and two men were killed. He is said to have been a man of daring and great muscular power.