The story of Cole Younger by himself : being an autobiography of the Missouri guerrilla captain and outlaw, his capture and prison life, and the only authentic account of the Northfield raid ever published

by Younger, Cole, 1844-1916.

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Born near Lee's Summit, Missouri, Thomas Coleman ("Cole") Younger (1844-1916) rode with William Clarke Quantrill's Confederate raiders during the Civil War, participating in many daring and bloody exploits, including the infamous Lawrence, Kansas, massacre of 1863. Following the war, Younger continued his celebrated career as a desperado, robbing banks and trains with Jesse James and other members of the James-Younger gang. A fateful attempt in 1876 on the Northfield, Minnesota, bank sent Cole to the state prison in Stillwater, Minnesota for decades. There he became a model resident, helping both to protect women convicts during a fire and found the Prison Mirror, a newspaper intended to shed "a ray of light upon the lives of those behind the bars." Paroled in 1901, Younger successfully sought a pardon, operated a Wild West show with his old comrade Frank James, and lectured on "What My Life Has Taught Me." Always known for intelligence and coolness under pressure, he published this autobiography in 1903, reflecting on the colorful and sometimes violent experiences of "the gentleman, the soldier, the outlaw, and the convict."
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Subjects Younger, Cole, -- 1844-1916.
Outlaws -- West (U.S.) -- Biography.
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
Guerrillas -- West (U.S.) -- Biography.
Bank robberies -- Minnesota -- Northfield -- History -- 19th century.
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1860-1890.
West (U.S.) -- Biography.
West (U.S.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements.
Publisher St. Paul, Minn. :Minnesota Historical Society Press,2000
Language English
Notes Originally published: Chicago : Henneberry Co., 1903.
Description xviii, 126 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-126).
ISBN 0873513932 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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