The Dirty Little Coward Who Shot Mr. Howard – Today In Southern History

3 April 1882  

On this date in 1882…

Bob Ford was the trigger man when he and his brother Charlie assassinated Jesse Woodson James in his home at St. Joseph, Missouri. The fame, money, and notoriety they sought never materialized and both died tragic deaths. 

Other Years:

  • 1730 – In modern day Franklin, North Carolina, Sir Alexander Cuming performed a sham ceremony pronouncing Chief Moytoy as the “Emperor of the Cherokee,” in order to get the Cherokee acknowledge King George II of England as sovereign.
  • 1865 – Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia were occupied by yankee troops.
  • 1974 – The “Xenia” tornado outbreak spawned 148 known tornadoes across the South in a 24-hour span.

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