Saturday, October 10, 2015

Texas Veteran

Welcome to Texas Confederate Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at individual portraits of Texans who decided to take up arms and fight for Independence. Earlier Texas had successfully fought for its independence from Mexico, and Texans, well, are always up for a good scrap. By 1860 Texans were having grave concerns about their decision to join the Union some 15 years earlier and most were eager to break away.

Today's picture shows a portrait of Texan in the Confederate Army. He is sporting not only a colt revolver, he is carrying a Bowie Knife, which had been popular in Texas since the early 1800's. You have probably heard of the famous Bowie Knife, but when you see a picture of one you might just as well call it a short sword than a long knife. This picture captures the fierce independence which is so much a part of Texas Culture.


  1. They had a large variation in blade ranging for 5 inches up to 24 inches.
    I had one when I was younger that I used for hunting. My brother was going to show me that my knife had poor blade on it but using his (high priced) knife and he hit the two blades together.. Much to his surprise, he knock a nice sized chunk out of his knife and mine remained undamaged.

  2. The original Bowie knife was made from a nickel-steel meteorite. In all the years Jim Bowie carried it, the knife never needed to be sharpened.

  3. That really is quite a knife, and the pistol is something too. This doesn't look like a guy you'd like to meet in a dark alley. He's not in uniform, which somehow makes him look more, um, imposing. Somehow it's amusing that the photographer gave him healthy pink cheeks.

  4. I guess I didn't know what a Bowie knife was (is). That's impressive, for sure. It's interesting that they came in various lengths, and they certainly look like they could take care of a number of different jobs. He looks like he's thinking, "You and what army?"


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