Paper: The Story of Jesse James

Unlike most other confederate regiments, Bloody Bill Andersons regiment would “use small gang hit-and-run attacks" and raid mostly northern cities in Kansas and Missouri (Bruns 35). James rode with Anderson until he was wounded and sent home in 1865. After Jesses recovery, he and his brother Frank began to work on their family farm. As time wore on however, the James boys grew tired of this and living under the control of "Yankees". Thus, Jesse James, along with Frank, his cousins Bob, Cole, and Jim Younger, and about seven other ex- confederate soldiers, turned to crime. The “James” gang committed their first robbery on a cold February day in 1866. The gang masqueraded in Union Army issued uniforms and entered the bank in Liberty, Missouri. Minutes later, shots were fired and the gang left town with over $60,000 in currency, government bonds, gold, and silver. From this time to 1872, the James Gang terrorized a number of different banks in the Mid-west. The locations of these banks include Richmond, Savannah, Lexington, Galliton (Missouri), Russelville, Columbia (Kentucky), and Corydon (lowa). In September of 1872, the gang even robbed a ticket office at the Kansas City Fair, in broad daylight. In 1873, the James Gang “extended its repertoire" to trains (Bruns 35). Their first train robbery took place near Adair, lowa. Here, the gang loosened a railroad tie and attached a rope to the end. When the train approached the tie, the gang pulled on the rope and the steam engine landed on its side. Here, the bandits made off with the express company safe and valuables from the passengers. After this robbery, the gang robbed banks and trains in Kansas, Kentucky, lowa, and even Texas. Many lawmen tried to bring the James gang to Justice, but they all failed. A Kansas City times newspaper article wrote “They know every foot-path and by-roadthey are cool, determined, desperite men, well mounted and well armed, (Bruns 34)....