The Last Ride of the James-Younger Gang & Jesse James & the Northfield Raid 1876

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It was the beginning of the end for the James gang. In the past ten years Frank and Jesse James had gone from unknown ex-Confederate guerrillas to the most famous outlaws in the world. A string of daring robberies of banks, trains, and stagecoaches had brought them fame, admiration, hatred, and a surprisingly small amount of wealth. In 1876 they planned their most daring raid yet—to ride hundreds of miles from their home state of Missouri to rob the First National Bank at Northfield, Minnesota. Riding with them ...

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The Last Ride of the James-Younger Gang - Jesse James and the Northfield Raid 1876

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Overview

It was the beginning of the end for the James gang. In the past ten years Frank and Jesse James had gone from unknown ex-Confederate guerrillas to the most famous outlaws in the world. A string of daring robberies of banks, trains, and stagecoaches had brought them fame, admiration, hatred, and a surprisingly small amount of wealth. In 1876 they planned their most daring raid yet—to ride hundreds of miles from their home state of Missouri to rob the First National Bank at Northfield, Minnesota. Riding with them were Cole, Bob, and Jim Younger, famous outlaws in their own right and ex-bushwhackers like themselves. Charlie Pitts, Bill Chadwell, and Clell Miller, no strangers to gunfighting and outlawry, rode with them. They hit the bank on 7 September 1876.

At least they tried. The tellers fooled the outlaws into thinking they didn't have a key to the safe, and as half of the gang wasted time inside arguing, the outlaws standing guard outside were attacked by the enraged citizenry. A bloody gunfight ensued on Northfield's town square, and before the smoke cleared Chadwell and Miller lay dead and nearly all of the gang had been wounded. They hurried out of town with a posse hot on their trail. Bob Younger was badly hurt, and when Frank and Jesse James suggested they leave him behind, the Younger brothers nearly drew their guns on them. The two parties went their separate ways. Frank and Jesse James had a running battle with several posses before making it back to Missouri and safety, but the Younger brothers and Pitts made slow progress. They only had stolen plough horses as mounts. A young boy spotted them and called for a posse to chase them. The outlaws got cornered in a growth of trees and after a long shootout in which Pitts was killed, they surrendered and ended up in prison.

This book will tell the story of one of the most daring bank jobs in American history. With most of the gang being former bushwhackers, they used many guerrilla tactics in the planning and execution of the raid, yet failed because of poor discipline and their own fame, which meant that every town in the Midwest had their guns loaded waiting to fight off bandits.

Just before the Northfield job, the James gang robbed the Missouri Pacific No. 4 train in order to get money for horses, equipment, and traveling expenses. Since this was preparation for the raid, it should be included in this book. It will add to the book's appeal because it gives the reader a classic Jesse James train robbery in addition to a bank holdup.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...chronicles one of the most daring bank jobs, analyzes their strategy, and is an intriguing pick for history and military collections alike."
- The Midwest Book Review (February 2013)

"Wild West aficionados will probably already be familiar with what is presented in this 80-page offering, but they may be intrigued by the book's approach, along with the many photographs, maps and graphic depictions."
- Wild West Magazine (August 2013)

"... a fact fiolled, photographically rich book that would appeal to the historian or the gamer looking to recreate this WEstern event."
- Richard Mataka, www.mataka.org (May 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849085991
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Series: Raid Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 775,980
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean McLachlan worked for ten years as an archaeologist before becoming a full-time writer. He has published several books on history and travel and divides his time between Missouri, England and Spain. He has a special interest in the understudied Trans-Mississippi theater of the American Civil War. His website is www.seanmclachlan.com

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Origins 15

Initial Strategy 19

Funding the operation 19

The Plan 24

The Raid 31

Inside the bank 37

Escape from Northfield 43

Hunt for the gang 47

Analysis 69

Conclusion 75

Bibliography 77

Index 80

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Nuffy

    From all account's this book seems to be the most true. I have read numerous books on the Younger and James gang. You have to tip your hats to the Younger' gang for Never admitting that Frank and Jesse were never part of the bank job in Minnesota . Like I said in every book I read they kept to their story. Its a short story but worth the read.

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