In Kansas he was accused of horse stealing and suspected of murder. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Richmond and in the evening federal troops were said to have been seen urinating on his grave. Appraisals by recent historians, however, have situated Anderson within the world of slavery politics, political violence, and wartime atrocity from which he arose. They eventually shot and killed 23 more Federal soldiers that day. Castel and Goodrich maintain that killing became more than a means to an end at that point for Anderson: it became an end in itself. We will perhaps never know the truth. I lived in Kansas when this war commenced.
Cox was called in to deal with Anderson. Our infantry stood firm and fought bravely throughout the contest. Clemuel Davis was shot and wounded and beat over the head with stones until he was dead. Especially if you are a fan of Civil War history. Some of the twelve men murdered had obviously surrendered onlyto be shot.
In August of 1863 General Thomas Ewing Jr. While they were in Texas, Quantrill of all people accused Bloody Bill of being too out-of-control psychotic, so Bill told him to get lost and broke off from Quantrill's unit. T he Ninth Cavalry Missouri State Militia under Clinton B. Lane it is said hid in a cornfield in his nightshirt. It is difficult to reconcile the two. Anderson indicated that he was particularly angry that the man had freed his slaves and trampled him with a specially trained horse. The most notorious incident occurred at Centralia on September 27, when he slaughtered and mutilated some 150 soldiers, including some 25 unarmed men who were dragged off a train and executed along the tracks.
But I realize that with these kind of men, usually a lot of info is hard to come by. They broke off the attack after losing five men and only killing two Union soldiers. On October 26, 1864, Anderson was killed by the Missouri State Militia who had found his camp near Albany, Missouri, in Ray County. When William sought to have the warrant suspended, a quarrel ensued in which Baker shot and killed the Anderson patriarch. He angered Anderson by ordering his forces to withdraw. Goodman, 25th Missouri Infantry Hey! The Union commander along the border, General Thomas Ewing, arrested several wives and sisters of another notorious band, led by William Quantrill, that was terrorizing and murdering Union sympathizers.
Lustful rage did not prevent him from carefully selecting his targets. Castel and Goodrich speculated that this raid may have given Quantrill the idea of launching an attack deep in Kansas, as it demonstrated that the state's border was poorly defended and that guerrillas could travel deep into the state's interior before Union forces were alerted. The others moved toward Sedalia soon after. The Anderson family soon gained a reputation in Kansas for trying to get over on people and, they also made shady deals for a living. The foregoing does not lead us very far toward an answer to our question.
Anderson killed one hotel guest whom he suspected was a U. While they robbed the stage or shortly thereafter a train arrived and the raiders forced it to stop. Archie Clement took command of Anderson's unit but they soon disintegrated with some joining Quantrill. The guerrillas, however, quickly learned the signals, and local citizens became wary of Union troops, fearing that they were disguised guerrillas. He didso against Quantrill's wishes thereby causing a break up between the two. It tells briefly of his life before the start of the Civil War and then once the War starts his rise as a guerilla leader, including his participation in the Lawrence massacre and his leadership in the killings at Centralia. Sources: National Park Service; National Archives; Library of Congress; Castel, Albert E.
Even though Sherman was a pro-Confederate town, this didn't stop Bloody Bill from killing a couple guys and robbing some of the stores, pausing his mayhem only long enough to get married to a local saloon girl. Baker, a local judge who was a Confederate sympathizer. He is currentlyburied in the Richmond, Missouri Cemetary. Bloody Bill stripped off their jackets, lined them up, and shot them in the head one by one. They used it to attack other boats, bringing river traffic to a virtual halt.
Following the Battle of Centralia Anderson spent his time evading Union forces intent on capturing or killing him. Like many other bushwhackers and partisan leaders who roamed the mountains of eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina, and northern Georgia, Anderson should not be viewed simply as a bandit or villain. The Civil War Story of Bloody Bill Anderson. Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. A vision of hell itself was stampeding in Cox's direction — 30 of the hardest-looking, most brutal, most barbaric horsemen this country has ever seen. He was killedin a fight near Albany, a village about 10 miles from Richmond.
One of Bloody Bill's sisters was killed and anotherwas crippled for life. Anderson led a band of volunteer partisan rangers that targeted and in the states of and. But this does not explain why he was accused of dealing in stolen horses in Kansas prior to the war. Citizens of Randolph County often wonder where Anderson lived in the county. In 1862 an elder of the Anderson family was killed after being accused of horse stealing. In the resulting skirmish, several raiders were captured or killed and the rest of the guerrillas, including Anderson, split into small groups to return to Missouri. As soon as he had an open shot he sprung his trap, ordering his unit to stand and unleash a devastating volley straight into the face of these psychotic, terrifying riders.
After the Civil War, some of these bushwhackers that survived became outlaws, train and bank robbers to still rage warfare against the Union. For more information about the atrocities committed in the Centralia Massacre and the following skirmish, from a panel of Civil War experts. Archie Clement was anotable member of Anderson's gang. The other was disfigured and crippled for life. As the guerrillas robbed the stagecoach passengers, a train arrived. .