43592Re: Gunshots they claim killed Bill Anderson.
- May 6, 2007Hi Bob. As I stated in my post, I located more than a dozen such
contradictions as to the number and location of the bullet wounds.
My original message dealt only with this specific part, the gunshots,
of the traditionalist stories about the ambush and its aftermath. I
have read most of the books you mention and the researchers helping
me have gone over all of these other points fully and thoroughly and
are still actively working on them. Since my time is very limited,
by my investigation into Bloody Bill Anderson, I am of course unable
to present every detail of our findings on other boards but I assure
you we have conducted the most thorough investigation into the life
and death of Bloody Bill Anderson that has ever been conducted and we
are far from finished.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bob Huddleston"
> Of your sources, only two are of any value: Col. Cox's after action
> and the 1924 newspaper account of Col. Hackley. (I assume it is atypo - the
> town is "Mobley").Harrison Trow.
> Unless there are good footnotes that you did not supply, none of the
> secondary accounts are worth anything. The closest would be
> However, his book, _Charles W. Quantrell; a True History of HisGuerrilla
> Warfare on the Missouri and Kansas Border During the Civil War of1861-1865
> _, published in 1923, is a mishmash of rumor and legend. Hisrecounting of
> Anderson's death reads like a movie and does not conform to eitherCox's
> after action report, or other contemporary accounts. And as near asI can
> determine, he was not with Anderson in Ray County - indeed I couldnot
> determine if he was even with Quantrell during Price's Raid.Cox was
> You missed some other OR references to Anderson's demise. Samuel P.
> major of the First Battalion, Missouri State Militia from April1862 until
> his resignation in January 1864. James Craig, commander ofthe "Enrolled
> Missouri Militia" (it requires a score card to keep track of all theasked Cox
> different versions of troops, both Yankee and Rebel in Missouri!),
> to serve without pay or commission, and get Anderson. Cox did.note book,
> According to Craig, Cox secured from Anderson's body his pocket
> containing letters from his wife, two orders to Anderson fromPrice, and a
> locket of his wife's hair. The body was identified by severalresidents
> while it was lying at the Richmond Court House. (Craig toRosecrans's
> adjutant general, 30 October 1864, 86 OR 334). In addition, areport on the
> fight mentions a Confederate flag with an inscription from a femaleadmirer,
> "Presented to W. L. (sic) Anderson by his friend, F.M.R. Let it notbe
> contaminated by Fed. Hands." (See Castel, _Bloody Bill Anderson:The Short
> Savage Life of a Civil War Guerrilla _, 126)would
> Your contention about the wounds received is a non-story. Hackley is
> recalling something which happened sixty-one years before and one
> expect his details to be sketchy. You will note that his mother, acousin,
> identified the body as Anderson's. By the way, the photographer wasDr.
> Robert Kice, a dentist in Richmond who had a sideline takingpictures. Not
> Tice. Obviously the man who was photographed did not get shotthough the
> head from rear to front. The contemporary reports say twice in theside of
> the head, which is consistent with Anderson riding into Cox'slines, not in
> the back, unless it was "friendly fire"!Castel, who
> The finest historians on the Civil War in Missouri are Albert
> had published several well researched books on what WilliamFreehling calls
> "the world class guerilla war" in the state; Thomas Goodrich,especially his
> _Black Flag: Guerrilla Warfare on the Western Border, 1861-1865 _;and
> Michael Fellman, _ Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in MissouriDuring the
> American Civil War _. They are in agreement that it was Andersonwho was
> killed near Albany, Mo., in October, 1864. The body was notmutilated,
> except for the ring finger being cut off - which can be seen in thephotos.
> Anderson was buried in an unmarked grave, after which some of themilitia
> urinated on it.the name
> BTW, did you write the biography in Wikipedia?
> Take care,
> Judy and Bob Huddleston
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> And so to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in
> of right and honour and peace, until the Gods are tired of bloodand create
> a race that can understand." - George Bernard Shaw, "Caesar andCleopatra"
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