Posted by: Ron DuBour | December 13, 2019

Knowing your American Heroes ~ JAMES JIM BOWIE (1796-1836) ~ by rldubour

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Knowing your American Heroes

JAMES JIM BOWIE (1796-1836)

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James Bowie born in Kentucky
As he grew they called him Jim.
The style of knife he carried
Named the Bowie Knife after him.

Family moved to Missouri
Later to Louisiana.
There he would spend most of his life
Before meeting Santa Anna.

A frontiersman an explorer
He had gained a reputation.
People talked of his demeanor
Jim had gained much admiration.

Bowie loved to hunt and fish
Very popular with folklore.
Stories told of his adventures
Tales of his courage and much more.

He fought a bear with just his knife
And he hunted alligators.
Tamed wild horses with no fear
A true hero he’d show later.

Along with his brother Rezin
They both joined the State’s Militia.
Under Colonel Colman Martin
New Orleans was the arena.

When they arrived in New Orleans
Their company arrived too late.
Treaty of Ghent had been signed
They did take time to celebrate.

Before the Texas Revolution
He traveled to the Texas coast.
That’s where he met Jean Lafitte
Illegal money they made most.

All sorts of stories now were told
Of Jim Bowie and his adventures.
His famous search for silver mines
One of many of his venture’s.

During this time he had many fights
His fiery temper he had shown.
Brother Rezin made him a knife
A design of his very own.

Now-legendary Bowie Knife
He made the blade two inches wide.
And ten-and one-half inches long.
Jim wore it proudly at his side.

He married Ursula de Veramendi
In eighteen-hundred and thirty-one.
They settled in San Antonio
He would become a Texas son.

Jim commanded the Volunteers
While defending the Alamo.
For independence they fought brave
American heroes we all should know!



James “Jim” Bowie was born on or about April 10, 1796. He died Match 6, 1836.
He was the child of Rezin Bowie and Elve Ap-Catesby Jones, who had previously settled in what is now called Catahoula Parish.
Bowie married Ursula de Veramendi (daughter of the Governor of the province of Texas) in 1831, and they settled in San Antonio. In September 1833, while Bowie was away in Natchez (and suffering from Yellow Fever), Ursula Bowie and their child (in addition to her parents), died during an outbreak of cholera. Afterward, Bowie reportedly turned to the bottle.
By the time he was killed at the Battle of the Alamo at the age of 38, Bowie was suffering from advanced consumption (tuberculosis).
In 1828 and joined the fight against Santa Anna for independence. He was the commander of the volunteers at the Alamo and was killed on March 6, 1836, along with 189 defenders.

The Treaty of Ghent, signed on December 24, 1814, in Ghent, Flanders, United Kingdom of the Netherlands, ended the War of 1812 between the United States and the United Kingdom.

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