Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Today's picture shows the most notorious of all old west outlaws . . . Jesse James. Jesse did not start out life as an outlaw. He was a member of the famed Quantrill Raiders unit in the Civil War. At the close of the War, the North pardoned all southern soldiers except the Quantrill Raiders who were not viewed as being regular troops. As such, the raiders found themselves to be outlaws at the end of the war. So, that's what they did. They were so successful in their crimes because they used military tactics that they had developed during the war. 


  1. He looks so young.

  2. A lot of Southern soldiers were hardly old enough for paper routes, never mind "soldiering". The Confederates lost a tremendous number of man, and Jefferson Davis compounded the problem by first regulating Robert E. Lee to a desk job, and hen simply refusing to surrender. Had he let Lee take the reins, the war would have been over much sooner - and the South probably would have won.


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