S4 | E3: RED CLOUD'S WAR — "Warning Signs"

2/17/19

In the summer of 1866, an untested colonel leads a battalion of infantry onto the High Plains. His mission is to open the Bozeman Trail and build a series of forts in the Powder River Country. Red Cloud issues a declaration of war to protect his cherished hunting grounds and begins a campaign of harassment that takes a heavy toll on on the soldiers.

Chris Wimmer
S4 | E2: RED CLOUD'S WAR — "Fighting Season"

2/10/19

After hearing the story of the Sand Creek Massacre, Red Cloud makes his first coordinated attacks on army outposts on the High Plains. In response, the U.S. Army sends thousands of troopers in pursuit of Red Cloud. They surprise him in his camp, but then the soldiers learn the hard lessons of a fighting season on the frontier.

Chris Wimmer
S4 | E1: RED CLOUD'S WAR — "The Road to Sand Creek"

2/3/19

Red Cloud rises from an obscure child with an alcoholic father to war chief of the Oglala band of the Lakota. As white civilization begins to destroy the Lakota way of life, he calls for war. But older chiefs urge patience. Then the Sand Creek Massacre happens and the march toward war begins.

Chris Wimmer
Season Four: RED CLOUD'S WAR

1/27/19

Red Cloud was the most feared and respected war chief on the northern plains in the 1860s. He watched the Lakota way of life crumble as the American nation expanded west. He built an unprecedented Native coalition. In 1865, he began to fight back. In 1866, he declared war.

Music from Robb Vallier and Pond5.com

Sound FX from Pond5.com and Free SFX

Select promo video footage from Storyblocks.com and Pond5.com

Promo video music by Sergei Cheremisinov


SOURCES

“The Heart Of Everything That Is,” Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. Simon & Schuster, 2013.

“Autobiography of Red Cloud, War Leader of the Oglalas,” edited by R. Eli Paul. Montana Historical Society Press, 1997.
“Crazy Horse and Custer,” Stephen E. Ambrose. Penguin Random House, 1975.
"The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West,” Peter Cozzens. Penguin Random House, 2016.
”The Lakota Sioux Indians: A History of the Siouan People,” Robert D. Bolen. Fort Boise Publishing, 2012.
Sand Creek Massacre: National Park Service
Sand Creek Massacre: Timeline
Bozeman Trail: Wyoming.org
Fetterman Fight: Wyoming.org
Fetterman Fight: Exploring Off The Beaten Path

Chris Wimmer
S3 | E6: JESSE JAMES — "The Coward"

12/16/18

SEASON THREE FINALE...

Three years after the Northfield raid, Jesse assembles a new gang to resume his career as a robber, but he quickly spirals downward into paranoia and suspicion. One by one, the new gang members fall as the law closes in on Jesse. A young man named Robert Ford brings the story to an end, and truly launches the legend.

Chris Wimmer
S3 | E5: JESSE JAMES — "Northfield: The Manhunt"

12/9/18

The Northfield raid was a disaster, and now the surviving members of the James-Younger gang face a desperate struggle to escape Minnesota. Hundreds of men chase them through the countryside until the outlaws are forced to make hard choices about their futures. They display extraordinary stamina as they outrun nearly all of the lawmen on their trails.

Chris Wimmer
S3 | E4: JESSE JAMES — "Northfield: All Hell"

12/2/18

The story of the catastrophic Northfield Raid begins... the James-Younger gang travels to Minnesota hoping for an easy score. Instead, they get shot to pieces by the townsfolk of Northfield while attempting to rob the First National Bank. It's the turning point for the gang. In the aftermath, nothing will be the same.

Chris Wimmer
S3 | E3: JESSE JAMES — "Burn It Down"

11/25/18

The Pinkerton Detective Agency attacks the James family farm, but the ambush has terrible consequences and Jesse vows revenge. Jesse and Frank marry their longtime sweethearts and move out of Missouri for the first time, but they return to rob a train at Rocky Cut. The blowback from the robbery forces them out of their safe zone and leads directly to their fateful trip to Minnesota.

Chris Wimmer
S3 | E2: JESSE JAMES — "Confederate Avengers"

11/18/18

The James brothers partner with the Youngers to begin their careers robbing banks, trains and stagecoaches. As their fame rises, so does the death toll when the Pinkerton Detective Agency assigns agents to bring them down.

Chris Wimmer
S3 | E1: JESSE JAMES — "American Outlaw"

11/11/18

In the aftermath of the Civil War, the South was in ruins. The leaders of the Missouri guerillas were dead. Jesse James and his older brother, Frank, rose to prominence and began their careers as killers and thieves... and a Kansas City newspaperman began a campaign to turn them into heroes.

Chris Wimmer
Season Three: JESSE JAMES

11/4/18

Jesse James might be the most legendary outlaw who ever lived. He robbed banks, trains and stagecoaches from Missouri to West Virginia and Alabama to Minnesota. He achieved unparalleled fame and it ultimately led to his downfall. This is a five-part series beginning November 11, 2018 on the life and career of Jesse James.

Jesse James theme song by The Mighty Orq

Music from Robb Vallier and Pond5.com

Sound FX from Pond5.com and Free SFX

Select promo video footage from Storyblocks.com

SOURCES

“Frank and Jesse James: The Story Behind The Legends," Ted P. Yeatman. Cumberland House Publishing, 2000.
“Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War," T.J. Stiles. Random House Publishing, 2002.
"Shot All To Hell: Jesse James, The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape," Mark Lee Gardner. Harper Collins Publishers, 2013.
Jesse James Historical Site https://www.mycountyparks.com/county/Adair/Park/Jesse-James-Historical-Site.aspx
About Kearney Missouri http://www.ci.kearney.mo.us/About-Kearney-Missouri
General Benjamin Butler's General Order No. 28 www.ironbrigadier.com
History | First National Bank of Northfield www.firstnationalnorthfield.com
Ames Family Papers, 1812-2012: Biographical and Historical Note http://asteria.fivecolleges.edu/findaids/sophiasmith/mnsss358_main.html
Kansas City Times archives, April 1882

Chris Wimmer
Legends Interview: Craig Johnson — "Depth of Winter"

9/30/18

Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, is on a nationwide tour to promote his new novel, "Depth of Winter." We met at the The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ to talk about this book, the annual Longmire Days festival in Wyoming, and the unique origin of his yearly book tours.

Chris Wimmer
S2 | E7: TOMBSTONE — Don Taylor & Mayor Dusty Escapule Interviews

9/23/18

Season Two ends with two big interviews: Tombstone city historian Don Taylor and the mayor of Tombstone, Dusty Escapule. We put the gunfight at the O.K. Corral to rest; discuss the Cowboys, early days of Tombstone, and the fires and devastated the town; and finally, we learned that Mayor Escapule’s great grandfather is the man most often confused with Doc Holliday.

Chris Wimmer
S2 | E6: TOMBSTONE — Jeff Guinn Interview

9/16/18

Author Jeff Guinn wrote the New York Times bestseller, "The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral — And How It Changed the American West." He joined the show to dissect the most famous gunfight in the Old West.

Chris Wimmer
S2 | E5: TOMBSTONE — "The Reckoning"

9/9/18

In the season finale, Wyatt Earp takes the law into his own hands. He forms a posse that includes Doc Holliday and begins a quest to destroy the Cowboys. His pursuit becomes front page news across the country as newspapers begin to call it the "Arizona Vendetta." When it's all over, three Cowboys are dead; Wyatt and Doc are some of the most famous men in America; and they can never set foot in Arizona again.

Chris Wimmer
S2 | E4: TOMBSTONE — "Helldorado"

9/2/18

A stagecoach robbery sets in motion events that will lead to the collision of the Earps and the Cowboys. The Cowboys transform into an outlaw army that almost starts a war with Mexico. Tensions between the Earps and the Cowboys finally erupt in the most legendary gunfight of the American West.

Chris Wimmer
S2 | E3: TOMBSTONE — "The O.K. Corral"

8/26/18

A stagecoach robbery sets in motion events that will lead to the collision of the Earps and the Cowboys. The Cowboys transform into an outlaw army that almost starts a war with Mexico. Tensions between the Earps and the Cowboys finally erupt in the most legendary gunfight of the American West.

Chris Wimmer
S2 | E2: TOMBSTONE — "Lawdogs"

8/19/18

Wyatt Earp and his brothers arrive in Tombstone, and immediately clash with the Clantons and McLaurys. Doc Holliday journeys to Tombstone and quickly makes enemies with important businessmen. Curly Bill Brocius kills Tombstone's first town marshal.

Chris Wimmer