Jesse James (Legends of the Wild West) by Adam Woog

By Adam Woog

Jesse James could be the most famed outlaw from the wild days of the outdated West. He started his occupation through the Civil struggle, as a part of a bunch of Southern-supporting guerrilla opponents in his local Missouri. After the warfare, James grew to become his hand to crime, changing into one of many leaders of the well-known James-Younger Gang, together with his brother Frank and one other set of brothers, the Youngers. those bandits turned infamous for his or her daring robberies of banks, stagecoaches, and railroads round Missouri, yet James was once by no means taken prisoner, regardless of years of manhunts for him. James's mythical profession ended whilst he was once betrayed and murdered via Robert Ford, a member of his gang. As proved in Jesse James, his bold exploits are nonetheless interesting greater than a century after his dying.

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No one was very concerned until about a dozen of the strangers gathered in front of the Hughes & Wasson Bank. Four of them went inside while the others stood watch. At this point, some townspeople grew suspicious. They approached the bank, and a gun battle erupted in which the mayor and two other citizens were killed. All of the bandits escaped with the money—about $3,500. indd 34 12/29/09 6:17:42 PM Life After the War 35 They fled into the rugged Crooked River country outside of town. A posse of 15 nearly caught up with them, and there was a running gun battle as the bandits turned and fired as they galloped, but the robbers were too swift for the posse.

At that time, banks relied more heavily on cash transactions than they do today, and most regional branches sent money to their headquarters as it came to them. Railroads were the main way to transport large quantities of money and gold. J. ” Trains were robbed for more than just easy money; there was also the thrill. In the early 1870s, a train heist was dramatic and new. Railroads were powerful symbols of America’s rapidly changing society and its reliance on technology, and they were having an enormous effect on prosperity and industrial growth.

The first baggage car then jackknifed, crashing onto its side. One passenger car also came completely off the rails. After the crash, the gang rushed to the train. They were disguised with hoods that resembled the terrifying masks worn by the Ku Klux Klan, a secret organization of proslavery terrorists. Two bandits stood guard outside, shooting whenever a face appeared in a window. Two more boarded and kept watch on the passengers. They also demanded that the terrified travelers hand over their money and valuables.

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