The Sandbar Fight – Today In Southern History

19 September 1827 

On this date in 1827…

Though shot three times, stabbed twice, and having a sword cane lodged in his chest, Jim Bowie killed Norris Wright and cut off Alfred Blanchard’s arm at the Sandbar Fight when a brawl broke out after a duel outside Natchez, Mississippi.

Other Years:

  • 1796 – U.S. President George Washington’s farewell address was published. 
  • 1862 – Confederates under General Sterling Price confronted a large federal force at the Battle of Iuka, Mississippi. Both sides suffered a combined 1,700 casualties.
  • 1863 – The Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia began. Although it cannot accurately be determined, many historians consider this (instead of Sharpsburg) to be the deadliest day in U.S. military history.

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