Jesse Woodson James was an American outlaw, bank and train robber, guerrilla, and leader of the James–Younger Gang. Here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about him:
– Residing in Missouri, the James family owned slaves and supported the Confederacy.
– When Jesse was about 15, Union soldiers seeking information attacked the James household, hanging Jesse’s stepfather from a tree (he survived, but with mental damage) and roughing up young Jesse. This incident is believed to be the spark that led to Jesse joining the Confederate guerrillas.