March 18, 1875

The state Legislature was debating amnesty for the James and Younger brothers. Backers pointed out that they would have been called heroes if they had been on the Union side.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.