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Object Name Knife, Bowie
Catalog Number 0985.07.00145a-b
Description The Bowie knife (.145a) has a bone handle, silver gilt quillon, and sheath ring. It comes with a leather sheath (.145b)., once red in color, with worn embossed gold paint. An inscription etched onto the blade reads, "The Hunters Bold Know no fear - I can cut a stick or fell a tree - Or kill a boar or buffalo - Or strike the flint without a flaw - Or skin the seal or hunt the deer - I am in fact bold know no fear."
Dimensions L-11.5 inches
Owned Mrs. John Marshall
Made Crookes and Slater, Celebrated Cutlery
Provenance One of Lt. Gen. Stonewall Jackson's soldiers entrusted this Bowie knife with sheath to Mrs. John Marshall at her home in Fauquier County, Virginia.

"When General Jackson's army was passing, a member of his troop came in with another soldier and asked for a private room. When they came out of the room, one of them brought an old fashioned carpet bag, saying that he had too much luggage, which inconvenienced him, and would I keep the bag until he called for it. I replied that the enemy made frequent visits to our place, and carried off all that they desired, especially anything that was the property of Southern soldiers, but I would gladly do all in my power to take care of it. The bag was well filled, and locked, and he kept the key. I put the bag in an upstairs closet, but there were so many soldiers around that I feared it would be captured and I had it concealed in the attic. Sometime after when I looked for it, I found the bag had been cut across the middle, and most of the contents stolen. This Bowie knife was one of the few things left. After the the war I removed to Kentucky and could not bring the moth-eaten bag with me, and left it in the attic of our old home, which had been sold. The gentleman wrote his name and handed it to me, and I have tied the address to the Bowie knife."
People Marshall, John, Mrs.
unidentified Confederate soldier
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