Maddox, Thomas – The West


The Thomas Maddox mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals of The West and includes an image of Thomas Maddox and a short biography.

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On February 25, 1793, in Charles County, Maryland, Thomas Maddox was born.  In 1827, Maddox was one of the two duelists, the other being Samuel L. Wells, in what became known as the Sandbar Fight.  The duel took place on a sandbar in the Mississippi River, between the states of Louisiana and Mississippi.  The duel was conducted by formal rules of the time, with a lengthy delay between exchanges of fire. Wells and Maddox each fired two shots, and as neither man was injured they resolved the formal duel with a handshake.   After the duel, several of the other 17 men present began a brawl which resulted in the deaths of General Samuel Cuny and Major Norris Wright.  Colonel Robert Crain, Dr. James Denny, Alfred Blanchard, and James (Jim) Bowie were injured during the fight.

Sandbar Fight

In 1827, Sam Wells and Thomas Maddox met on a sandbar in the Mississippi River to fight a duel.  They each shot and missed twice, then shook hands and resolved their differences.  However several of the men who were supporters of the duelists had previously engaged in duels or fights.  A brawl broke out killing two men and injuring four others.  The most famous person involved in the bawl was Jim Bowie who was hit over the head, shot, and stabbed in the chest with a sword cane by Norris Wright.  Bowie drew his sheath knife and killed Wright by pulling him down upon the point of the knife.  Jim Bowie was badly wounded but survived.  The event made the knife he used famous and was referred to as the Bowie Knife.

This Thomas Maddox History Mug is part of our Western Series which includes many unique individuals.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.

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