James Brothers First Heist, Maybe?

Jesse James
Jesse James

Tradition says that Jesse and Frank James pulled their first bank heist on February 13, 1866 when they hit the Clay County Savings Bank in Liberty, MO.  Or maybe not.

Somewhere between 10 and 15 outlaws did rob the place on that day. And it’s pretty clear that all were former Confederate guerrillas, most of whom rode with Bloody Bill Anderson.  Several were identified—but not the James boys.  It’s likely Jesse was recovering from a chest wound and Frank was elsewhere.  Information indicates the gang leaders were Arch Clement and Jim Anderson, Bloody Bill’s brother.

Related Posts

  • John Newman Edwards

    Jesse James had his own publicity agent—John Newman Edwards. A Confederate veteran, Edwards became a…

  • Jesse james

    September 27, 1864. Seventeen-year-old Jesse James puts the first notch on his gun. He, his…

  • james ford cave in the rock true west

    James Ford led a double life in the early 1800s.  He was a landowner, businessman…