Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Younger Brothers



Good Wednesday Morning to you all. I notice in the comments section this week you all are being pretty hard on my boys, calling them common criminals and such. I remind you this is Gentleman Raider week, so lets lighten up on them a little. Perhaps the harsh comments are coming from Yankee Sympathizers, still smarting from the thumping these boys gave during the unpleasantness of '61. In any case, Gentleman Raider week continues with this photograph of the Younger Brothers. Pictured is Robert, Henrietta, James and Cole Younger. Robert is on the left, and Cole on the right, with James in the lower center. The Younger brothers were part of the Quantrill Raiders, and after the war joined up with the James Brothers to create the James-Younger gang.

18 comments:

  1. All of them are killers.

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  2. Yes, they are not Gentlemen Raiders. just a gang of outlaws.

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  3. Anon & Roger: Killers, yes, but I suspect by your logic rape, arson, murder and theft are OK, as long as one is wearing a uniform provided by the federal govt, correct?
    I think some black and white Southerners and American Indians of the 1800s might disagree.

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  4. Buckeye,
    Welcome to the Blog!
    PJM

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  5. One of the things that is hard is that so much of our history from this time period is colored by sensationalized (and often fictional) accounts written to make a quick buck. Cole Younger wrote an autobiography later in life to try and correct much of the mythology of the Younger brothers. You can read it for free here:

    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/24585

    John S. Mosby from the other day also wrote memoirs. They can be found here:

    http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/mosby/menu.html

    Cole Younger gives a clear account of his motivation for going to war.

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  6. To Buckeye.
    I don't enjoy you putting words in my mouth.
    I don't EVER remember saying that murder, rape, arson and theft is OK. I don't care if you are in a uniform or not.
    What I do remember is that this weeks subject was suppose to be about Gentlemen Raiders, not outlaws.
    A lot of the suppose to be Gentleman Raiders were nothing but outlaws themselves. I am not a fan of Sherman's march to the Sea. He destroyed a lot on innocent lives.

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  7. We need a more calming topic next week.

    How bout Labor Unions?

    lol

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  8. @Nate Maas
    Great link to the bio, thanks!

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  9. Buckeye Copperhead,
    Condemning one criminal does not mean applauding another.
    Please refer back to my comment regarding Quantrill.
    Anonymous (John) 2-28 8:08AM.
    John

    P.S. I always sign my anonymous posts here. (So far too lazy to register). So this is my first today. I just felt you might realize that most the folks here are pretty reasonable. You can't always cover all the bases with one comment.

    John

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  10. Wow, the Gentleman Raiders or Terrorist discussion seems to have hit some nerves...I'm not about to proffer an opinion that could fan the flames, I'll just stick to admiring the photos.
    On a lighter note, I can't help but wonder if the middle brother introduced his siblings as the Older Younger and the Younger Younger.

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  11. Love the photos and the wee bit of history behind them.

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  12. Heh, Bound4Glory, LOL.

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  13. I was just thinking that next week's topic ought to be related to the passing of Mr. Frank Buckles on February 27, the last living American veteran of World War 1

    Two more WW1 vets remain, both British, one man and one woman, and both aged 110.

    As this article link says, World War 1 is now another kind of history, the kind where we no longer can ask questions of the participants.

    http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2011/mar/02/with-vets-passing-wwi-is-another-kind-of-history/

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  14. Rather than get all worked up with opinions, I prefer to just enjoy the photos and the history that goes with them. I'm keeping it simple. I enjoy the heck out of seeing these wonderful reminders of our history.

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  15. Anon & Roger: The previous comment was not intended to personally offend, and if it did, my apologies to you. I often lean to the dramatic.

    Point is, it should be remembered that there were evil, violent acts committed by both sides during (and after) the War. The difference is, some of the perpetrators of violence (Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, et. al.) are called heroes and have a great many statues and memorials built in their honor. Schools, streets, towns and counties are named after them. Some of them are portrayed on the money in our pockets.

    When it comes right down to it, I believe they're really no better than any of the "gentleman raiders" pictured here. Just my opinion, take it for what it is.

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  16. I think I'm hearing there were atrocious acts on both sides . . . so rather than call them "gentlemen" Raiders . . . lets just call them Raiders. In my opinion from my reading and research of the James brothers (my Grampa grew up wanting to be a James gang member) the James' and the Youngers weren't gentlemen.

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  17. What is interesting is that it's been about 150 years since the start of the civil war, and there is still division and controversy which is ok, as long as we talk it out, not fight it out.

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  18. The Younger brothers are in our family tree. I have to say it is great to have a written piece of history. Very interesting!

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