|Jesse James, Civil War|
As the war ended, Quantrill was wounded and later died. The exact history may not be known, but one story has Jesse James trying to surrender. Under flag of truce, he was shot through the lungs. His life would hang in the balance for eight weeks. He was taken home, and he would later marry one of his nurses, Zee Mimms. Frank James surrendered in Kentucky, and on his way home would have a gunfight with four Union soldiers, killing two of them.
The James brothers were permanently scarred by the war. Others also scarred joined them including Cole and James Younger. Many other raiders stayed together, and began robbing banks. After a hold up, Arch Clement was found my a militia in a bar and killed. Several other members were caught and hung, and some drifted away. However the Youngers and James and a core group continued on. They were able to get away with tens of thousands of dollars (which would be millions today.) They moved on to trains, first in Adair Iowa, where they derailed the train, killing the engineer and injuring passengers. The Pinkerton Detective Agency was formed to pursue the James' They caught Reuben and Zerelda Samuels, while their nine-year-old son slept. The surrounded the house and threw in an incendiary device. When it exploded Zerelda's arm was almost torn off (it was amputated) and Archie was killed. Eight Pinkertons were indicted for murder, but never tried. John Edwards continued to promote them, railing at the carpetbaggers and sympathy for the men who fought them.
The James Younger gang erred in going north for a bank robbery, Northfield, Minnesota. The town was heavily armed, and everyone in the gang was wounded, two were killed. The three Younger brothers were captured. Frank and Jesse laid low for three years. Jesse was the person who got back into robbing first. He was the leader of the gang now. His brother initially declined, but eventually joined him. New blood was needed, and Charley Ford became a part of the gang. His brother Bob also joined. However these two were talking to the police, and planning the demise of Jesse James. When Jesse turned his back to hang a picture, Bob Ford shot him in the back of the head, killing him. Rather than a $10,000 reward, the brothers received $600, The governor divided the money between several parties, himself included. Bob Ford was not seen as a hero, but a coward for having shot Jesse James in the back when he was unarmed. Frank James arranged his surrender. He was tried on only two murder-robbery charges, and acquitted in both cases. He tried his hand at a wild west show with Cole Younger. He would die of a heart attack.
Based on Bill O'Reilly's Legends & Lies by David Fisher.