This bowie knife was found on the battlefield of Perryville, Kentucky. It is brass mounted and has wooden grips and a blade 12 7/8 inches long. The bowie is usually classified as any large knife with a chipped point. This type of knife was popular from the 1840s through 1865. They were used by United States troops during the Mexican War and on the frontier during the disturbances in Kansas and Missouri in the 1850s. They were also popular with troopers during the Civil War, especially with Confederates, whose arms generally were inferior to the Yankees.
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