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  Sandbar Fight reenactment at Jim Bowie Festival
 
The Sandbar Fight of September 19, 1827, the incident that established the fame of James Bowie and his knife, occurred on a sandbar on the east bank of the Mississippi River just above Natchez.

However later misinformation, perpetuated in popular writings, “relocated” the fight to Vidalia, Louisiana, on the west bank of the river. Consequently, Vidalia began celebrating the event in an annual Jim Bowie Festival.

The 1999 Jim Bowie Festival was scheduled for September 18, only one day short of the 172nd anniversary of the Sandbar Fight. That year Linda Gardner of the Vidalia Chamber of Commerce wanted to include a reenactment of the fight at the festival. She contacted Bowie historian J. R. Edmondson, who agreed to prepare a script. Ms. Gardner also persuaded Edmondson to come to Vidalia to portray Bowie for the event.

“I did not need much persuasion,” Edmondson conceded. “I had read--and written--extensively about the Sandbar Fight, but I had spent very little time in the region. I could hardly wait to get back there.”

Since 1999, Edmondson has returned every year to represent Bowie at the festival.
 
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