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After the Civil War Jesse and Frank tried to surrender. As they rode in under a white flag of truce, they were fired upon by vengeful Union soldiers. Jesse was hit in the chest and barely survived were it not for Frank’s quick actions to rescue him away.
By rendering the two photos below to 50% transparency and then overlaying them together, all of the matching features become 100% again. The photos are not quite the same pose, as the man on the right has his head rotated to the left a few degrees, with the chin down. But they are close enough to get a positive match in all of the features that do line up. That would indicate that the two photos are of the same person, Jesse W. James.
Jesse entered the war as a teenager and quickly became a seasoned warrior. After the war, the James-Younger Gang used the rebel warfare tactics to hold up Banks, Railroad and Stagecoach lines.