Jesse James and the First Missouri Train Robbery

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Overview

"A great war leaves the country with three armies—an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves."
—German proverb

Trained on horseback in the handy and swift use of a revolver in the Confederate guerrilla bands of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James were cut loose from their cause and legally, along with other ex-Confederate Missouri fighters, stripped of their right to vote, seek public office, attend college, or serve as ministers or deacons. While most of ...

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Overview

"A great war leaves the country with three armies—an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves."
—German proverb

Trained on horseback in the handy and swift use of a revolver in the Confederate guerrilla bands of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James were cut loose from their cause and legally, along with other ex-Confederate Missouri fighters, stripped of their right to vote, seek public office, attend college, or serve as ministers or deacons. While most of these men settled down to quiet lives, others did not.

The first daylight, peacetime bank robbery in 1866 was the beginning of an era for the James-Younger gang. By 1873, they were the most hunted outlaws in the country. In 1874, they made history by robbing the Little Rock Express train at Gads Hill, Missouri. In time, the excitement died, but the raid at Gads Hill had a lasting effect on the lives of the James and Younger brothers.

Here, told largely by trainmen, passengers, farmers, detectives, news reporters, and others who were directly or indirectly involved in the crime, is a true, documented account of Frank and Jesse James, the Younger brothers, and Missouri's first train robbery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589800199
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 788,270
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald H. Beights is a member of the James-Younger gang, the State Historical Society of Missouri, and the Friends of the James Farm. In his long career as a freelance commercial artist/illustrator, he has worked with such prestigious clients as Southwestern Bell, Great American Life, and Rexall. He has published articles in the (Poplar Bluff, Missouri) Daily American Republic and the James Farm Journal . He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    BY CHANCE! CAUGHT MY BROTHERS EYE AND SETTLED THE FAMILY HISTORY QUESTION

    GREAT(x3) GRANDMA COOK IS DOCUMENTED IN THIS BOOK. WHAT A FANTASTIC FIND. MY BROTHER AND I ENJOY THE FAMILY HISTORY SEARCH TOGETHER. OUR GRANDMA ZOLA SHULTS WAS A GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER OF JANE(WIDOW) COOK. GRANDMA SHULTS WOULD INSTILL IN EACH OF US IN SEMI-SECRET THE STORY SHE WAS TOLD BY HER GREAT GRANDMOTHER AND ALSO INBETWEEN GENERATIONS OF THE INFAMOUS VISIT FROM THE JAMES BAND. THE STORY BY THAT TIME HAD EVOLVED INTO TO A BIT TO INCREDIBLE TO BELIEVE BY THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE SO GRANDMA WAS A BIT COVERT IN MAKING SURE WE UNDERSTOOD IT WAS IN FACT TRUE. IN OUR YOUTH EVERYBODY AND THEIR BROTHER WAS TELLING A SIMILAR STORY PRETTY MUCH COMPROMISING THE ACTUAL HISTORY OF THE EVENT. WHEN MY BROTHER FOUND AND THUMBED THROUGH THE BOOK TOTALLY BY CHANCE MANY YEARS AFTER OUR GRANDMA ZOLA'S DEATH, IT WAS TRULLY A GIFT FROM HEAVEN. THE LIST OF REFERENCES ALLOWED US TO ACTUALLY FIND THE NEWSPAPER ARTICLES OF THE DAY AND NOW ARE INCLUDED IN OUR DOCUMENTATION. WE ALSO HAVE LOCATED THE HOMEPLACE WHERE THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE AND VISIT THERE OFTEN. WE FEEL LIKE WHAT SAVED AND COMMITTED THE EVENT TO PRINT WAS THE FACT THAT GRANDMA COOK'S HOUSEHOLD WAS UNION. THERE WERE VERY VERY FEW HOUSEHOLDS ALONG THE RIVER IN THAT AREA THAT WERE UNION AND THE JAMES BAND MANAGED TO PICK ONE. MANY YEARS LATER A NIECE OF GRANDMA COOK, WHOSE FAMILY HAD BEEN CONFEDERATE GAVE AN INTERVIEW THAT SAID THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE JAMES GROUP MADE SOME STOPS ON OCCASSION IN THE AREA. SO WE KINDA FEEL LIKE FINDING THIS INFORMATION NOT ONLY SUBSTANTIATES OUR FAMILY HISTORY BUT SUBSTANTIATES EVERYONES. TRULY TRULY A FANTASTIC FIND REALLY APPRECIATE THE AUTHORS WORK AND MAKING SUCH A TREASURE AVAILABLE TO US. THIS BOOK WAS PURCHASED TO GIVE TO DISTANT COUSIN WITH THE HOPE OF CONNECTING AND PRESERVING WITH OTHER BRANCHES OF GRANDMA COOKS CHILDREN WITH AND TO THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY HISTORY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    Great Reading

    This book covers everything about the robbery. Whether you are a fan or not of Jesse James and the Younger Gang you will find the reading delightful. It is enjoyable and keeps your attention throughout. The author did a lot of research made personal interviews with some of the people still living and edited it continually for years to make certain the details were accurate. I should know I am very proud to say I am his sister and he allowed me to help with some of the research.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2002

    Jesse James and the First Missouri Train Robbery

    Great Book! Not a tired rehash of what others have written. Author's diligent research gives us a refreshing account of the Gad's Hill, Missouri train robbery. Included is a fine selection of photographs of the sites involved, both period and now. A must have for anyone interested in the James Gang.

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