January 25, 2023

Today in History: Jesse James

Last Updated on September 5, 2018

Jesse James and associates. Guns and equipment
Today in History–September 05–the Library of Congress features infamous outlaw Jesse James, born on this day in 1847. James left his home in Missouri at age 17 to fight as a Confederate guerilla in the Civil War. Later he and his gang of outlaws, which included his brother Frank and several other ex-Confederates, robbed banks, trains, stagecoaches, and stores across the western frontier from Iowa to Texas. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related primary source sets.

Jesse James primary source set

Jesse James historical newspaper coverage

Featured Image: Home of Frank & Jesse James

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  1. Emily Mueller says

    Hi, my name is Emily.
    I am doing a big project on Jesse James. I want to know if possibly I can talk to and expert.
    Thank you!
    By the way, I read your article. It gave me some useful information for my project!

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