Friday, November 30, 2007
Today we feature a portrait of the Civil War Raider, and Old West outlaw Cole Younger. He rode with Jesse James, and was a raider in the Civil War. Younger joined the notorious guerrilla fighter William Clarke Quantrill in the Civil War. After the war, he joined up with Frank and Jesse James, and formed the infamous James-Younger gang. On September 7, 1876, the gang attempted to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota. Cole Younger and his brother Bob would both later say that they selected the bank because of its connection to two former Union generals Benjamin Butler and Adelbert Ames. Cole was captured and pleaded guilty to avoid hanging. After he was released from prison, Cole became a popular speaker across the country. Cole Younger died March 21, 1916.