Jesse and Frank James in the mid-1870s

vintage everyday: Rare Photos of Jesse James' Life - The Most Famous Member of the James-Younger Gang--Jesse and Frank, ca.

On April 3, 1882, the American outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward.

On April 3, 1882, the American outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward.

Jesse and brother Frank James were Confederate guerrillas during the Civil War. They were accused of participating in atrocities committed against Union soldiers. After the war, as members of one gang or another, they robbed banks, stagecoaches and trains. Despite popular portrayals of James as a kind of Robin Hood, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, there is no evidence that he and his gang used their robbery gains for anyone but themselves

The skills that Frank and Jesse James learned as guerrillas in the Civil War would soon lead them to become among the most successful outlaws in American history.

Here are some rare photos of Jesse James, also known as Jesse Woodson James, from a kid to his dead.      Jesse, around age seven, with his ...

Rare Photos of Jesse James' Life - The Most Famous Member of the James-Younger Gang

Joseph Lee Haywood, acting cashier on duty in the Northfield, Minnesota First National Bank - murdered by the James-Younger Gang after refusing to open the safe.

Extremely rare original 1876 cdv photograph of Joseph Lee Haywood, the acting cashier on duty at the Northfield, Minnesota First National Bank who was murdered by the James-Younger Gang after refusing to open the safe.

Zerelda Samuels James.  Her missing right arm was due to an attack on the James Farm by the Pinkerson Detectives

Zerelda (James) Samuels, mother of Jesse James. Her missing right arm was due to an attack on the James Farm by the Pinkerson Detectives

Those high waist britches don't really flatter anyone, do they. - FOUND: An Authentic Photo of the Outlaw Jesse James | Atlas Obscura

FOUND: An Authentic Photo of the Outlaw Jesse James

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