Hard Hearted A bank investor resented a fallen hero.

Adelbert Ames True West Magazine
Adelbert Ames.

Adelbert Ames was a Union general and Civil War military governor of Mississippi.  In 1876, he was also an investor in the First National Bank in Northfield, MN. The James-Younger Gang tried to hold up the institution that September, getting away with virtually nothing but leaving two civilians dead.

But Ames complained to his wife that he would lose $400 for the robber reward and compensation to the widow of Joseph Heywood, who died protecting the bank’s money.  “That would buy the much coveted stem-winding watch,” Ames said.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.