|Object Name||Knife, Bowie|
|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."|
|Owned||Mrs. John Marshall|
|Made||Crookes and Slater, Celebrated Cutlery|
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."
Marshall, John, Mrs.
unidentified Confederate soldier
items left behind