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forms went together. Soldiers could be found all through the camps busily polishing their muskets and their bayonets with wood ashes well moistened. The bowie knife — considered by the Northern press of 1861 an important weapon An article concerning firearms published in Harper's Weekly of August 2, 1861; states that the bowie knife is usually from ten to fifteen inches in length, with a blade about two inches wide. It is said to owe its invention to an accident which occurred to Colonel Bowie during a battle with the Mexicans; he broke his sword some fifteen inches from the hilt, and afterward used the weapon thus broken as a knife in hand-to-hand fights. This is a most formidable weapon, and is commonly in use in the West and Southwest. As much space is devoted to the description of the bowie knife as is given to siege artillery. An illustration in the same journal for August 31, 1861, shows Mississippians practising with the bowie knife. The Mississippians are engaged i