(via Jesse James: A Rare Cabinet Photo Version His Famous Image | Lot #44012 | Heritage Auctions)

Jesse James: A Rare Cabinet Photo Version His Famous Image Dressed as a Quantrill Guerilla. This classic image is on a mount from Mitchell of Kansas City, Missouri, and matches the other cabinet of Jesse found in the Zink collection. It was originally in ambrotype form, taken on July 10, 1864, at Platte City, Missouri, following Jesse’s first engagement with Quantrill. Note that Jesse was not left-handed, but the original ambrotype was a reversed image. Period ink identification reads “Jesse W. James at age 19. In uniform of Guerillas…”

Quantrill’s Raiders-1906 Reunion- Pro-Confederate “Bushwhackers" 

The first reunion of the men who rode with William Clarke Quantrill was held in September 1898 at Blue Springs, Missouri. They continued to hold annual reunions for thirty-two years, until 1929. Photo State Historical Society of Missouri.

Quantrill’s Raiders were a loosely organized force of pro-Confederate Partisan rangers, "bushwhackers”, who fought in the American Civil War under the leadership of William Clarke Quantrill. The name “Quantrill’s Raiders” seems to have been attached to them long after the war, when the veterans would hold reunions.


Zizzi in Cheltenham

Something a bit different. I was asked by Zizzi to do some work for their newly refurbished Cheltenham restaurant.

The restaurant is in a converted church, so I was asked to paint the oven with a stained-glass inspired pattern. For the other two walls, I couldn’t resist referencing the horse races Cheltenham is famous for, and the interesting crowd that goes with it. I felt this different application of my work asked for a slightly different style, and I’m very happy about my weird horses and monochrome people. Please see my Behance for a more detailed overview.

The location was beautiful (a church you guys), the staff put up with me for days and was always super nice, and I got to see a place I’d never been to. Many thanks to design manager Sian Quantrill for the opportunity and creative freedom (I got to paint multi-coloured horses on a church wall - that’s creative freedom). This was an amazing experience.

During the last decades of the 19th century, photographing dead outlaws served several purposes: it showed the power of the law and it garnished the photographer an income when he sold the photographs. In 1907, the photographic postcard became popular, and many photographers republished their images as postcards. They were popular souvenirs of the Wild West. The celebrity status of the James brothers (Frank and Jesse) inspired other families to emulate their exploits. The Younger brothers (Cole, Bob, Jim, and John) rode with the James brothers’ gang. The James-Younger careers began with their service with notorious Confederate bushwhacker and guerrilla William Quantrill, of Quantrill’s Raiders. Their careers extended from 1868 to 1882.

The Dalton brothers (Bob, Emmett, Bill, and Grant) were cousins of the Younger brothers and grew up near Coffeyville, KS. The Jameses and Youngers were local heroes. In 1890, the Daltons decided to form their own gang. They were the last great bandit gang of the west. They specialised in train robbing but did it chivalrously, refusing to take money from women. In February 1891, they were caught robbing the Southern Pacific Train #17 in Alilia, CA. After escaping from jail they recruited some of the toughest, meanest, most unscrupulous gun men in the west. They robbed trains and express offices in Oklahoma and the surrounding area. At Adair, they killed and wounded several people.

In October 1893, they decided to return to Coffeyville and do something the James-Youngers never had - rob two banks at the same time. But it didn’t work. Despite the fact that they were false beards, they were quickly recognised. Townspeople spread the word the Daltons were in town. The Daltons wound up fighting people they knew: their schoolteachers, shopkeepers, bank clerks, and lawmen. At one o’clock, Bob, an expert shot, killed a bank clerk who had gone for his gun, then, running down a street, he next killed two of his childhood boot makers. He then killed a cashier from the First National Bank who had been chasing him. Then the livery stable owner surprised Bob and killed him with a shotgun blast. Marshall Charles Connelly, once Bob’s and Grant’s schoolteacher, killed Grant. Powell (alias Tim Evans) and Broadwell (alias Texas Jack) were killed by a volley fired by a group of men who had armed themselves at the town’s hardware store. Emmett was wounded in the same volley. He had been shot twenty times, but miraculously survived. Bill Dalton was killed with the Dollin gang in 1895. Emmett, released from prison in 1907, became a consultant in Hollywood and appeared in feature filmed. He died in 1937.

fic rec: The Raid, by gaelicspirit (Timeless)
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

17,611 words, complete
Characters: Wyatt Logan, Lucy Preston, Rufus Carlin, Garcia Flynn
Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Historical References, Friendship, Time Travel, Team Bonding, Light Angst

Summary: Set sometime after S1 Epi 7, Stranded. Kansas, 1863. Tracking Flynn to Lawrence, the day before Quantrill’s raiders burned the town to the ground, the team works furiously to determine what the rogue traveler has planned. However, an ambush, a grievous wound, and seemingly impossible odds turn enemies into allies in a bid for survival.

Okay, this reads just like an episode! Complete with well-researched historical setting, great action scenes, and intriguing character dynamics. A total treat. :o)