Southern Kentucky Pastfinders will host author and historian Eric F. James at 6 pm CDT on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at the Old Logan County Courthouse in Russellville, Kentucky.
For the first time in history, the family of Frank & Jesse James will appear in court in Russellville, Kentucky to answer for the infamous robbery of the Russellville Bank on March 20, 1868. In the robbery, the cashier Nimrod Long was shot and almost killed.
Appearing in the courtroom of the Old Logan County Courthouse will be Eric F. James, the James family’s historian and genealogist who represents the Jesse James family. Standing before a grand jury, comprising of residents of Russellville and Logan County, Mr. James will plead the family’s case for why the robbery occurred and why it may have been necessary.
Justice never has tried anyone for the crime. It is widely affirmed that the James Gang were the perpetrators, although historians argue if Frank or Jesse James actually were present.
Mr. James is the publisher of the James family’s official website and blog, Stray Leaves and Leaves of Gas. The first volume of his epic, five-volume history of the Jesse James family, Jesse James Soul Liberty, won the distinguished Milton F. Perry Award for groundbreaking historical research and reporting. In recent years, Mr. James executed the exhumation of Jesse James’ twin children in Waverly, Tennessee. They were reinterred with their parents in Kearney, Missouri, per the wishes of their mother Zee Mimms-James. Mr. James will be available to personally sign copies of his book.
The author recently appeared at the Logan County Tobacco Festival in October of 2015. David Guion, president of the Southern Kentucky Pastfinders, seized the opportunity to have the Jesse James family historian return to Russellville to talk about the James family in depth.
Russellville is home to the Russellville Bank which the James Gang held up on March 20, 1868. In the robbery, bank cashier Nimrod Long was shot. In his talk, Mr. James will reveal the long-standing acquaintanceship of the James and Long families, dating back to the time of the American Revolution. The author also will offer the James family’s assessment of why Nimrod Long was almost murdered.