Bloody Bill Anderson: The Short, Savage Life of a Civil War by Albert E. Castel

By Albert E. Castel

The first-ever biography of the culprit of the Centralia and Baxter Springs Massacres, in addition to innumerable atrocities in the course of the Civil warfare within the West.

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Instead, he expanded it to include all-around banditryor as it was called in Kansas, jayhawking. He was being far from unusual in doing this. During 1860 and on into 1861 Kansas experienced severe drought, the "granddaddy" of many more to come. Weeks and months passed with little or no rain, and not a flake of snow fell throughout the winter. Crops withered in the fields, streams stopped running and rivers dwindled to a muddy trickle, wells dried up, and cattle had to be butchered before they became too scrawny to eat.

The son of a Missouri guerrilla, wrote in a 1958 letter to Dr. Richard S.  . It was my pleasure and pride for many years to have known a large number [of them] and very few were mentally sick. " It is often an ugly story, sometimes a tragic one, but at all times it is dramatic, for nowhere was the Civil War so savage as it was in Missouri, and nowhere did it produce a protagonist more savage than Bloody Bill Anderson. Page ix Acknowledgments First and foremost we wish to record our gratitude to full-time lawyer and part-time historian Charles F.

Fayette numbered barely a thousand inhabitants, but it was the seat of Howard County and the biggest town in that particular subregion of central Missouri. Why, it even had a female seminary. To be sure, because of the war the school no longer had any students. Instead, the three-story brick building had been turned into a hospital for sick or wounded members of the garrison. All the patients able to stand had rifles handy, and Benton counted on those convalescent soldiers to cover him if he had to flee.

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