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Ste. Genevieve, Missouri Bank Robbery

May 27, 1873---Five or six members of the James-Younger Gang (Jesse and Frank James, Cole and John Younger, Clell Miller, and possibly newcomer Bill Chadwell) rode into the town of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri planning to rob the Ste. Genevieve Savings Bank. Before entering the town, Bill Chadwell (if he was there to begin with) was left outside of town to act as a backup, only to enter town if needed. The other five then proceeded into town. When the five men reached the bank, all dismounted. Two of them, probably Jesse and Cole, entered the bank. Frank, John, and Clell remained outside standing by their horses. Inside the bank, Jesse and Cole found Cashier O. D. Harris. Both Jesse and Cole pulled their guns on Harris and handed him a wheat sack. Harris was then ordered to fill the sack with money. While Harris was doing this, a young boy who was in the bank ran out the door and began shouting that the bank was being robbed. Jesse and Cole told Harris to quickly finish filling the bag. Harris did so, and then the robbers snatched the sack from Harris. Jesse and Cole then made Harris walk out the door in front of them, using him as a shield. Outside, Frank, John, and Clell were shooting their pistols into the air to scare off citizens. While they were doing this, one of the outlaw's horses fled. A citizen with a horse was spotted by the outlaws. The outlaws forced the citizen to hand over his horse, which he did. The outlaws then mounted and rode off, shouting "Hurray for Hildebrand!" Their battle cry was in reference to former Confederate guerrilla and current bank robber Sam Hildebrand, who lived in Ste. Genevieve.


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