Bloody Bill Anderson & the Missouri Bushwhackers
“I will show you that I can kill men with as much skill and rapidity as anybody. From this time on I ask no quarter and I will give none” – these were the words spoken by Bloody Bill Anderson, shortly before he executed and scalped over twenty men. According to those who rode with Anderson he was “a desperate man and a reckless fighter, the worst devil in the bunch. Human life meant nothing to him. He could shoot a man who was on his knees begging for mercy as easy as most men kill a chicken. He feared no man alive and believed heart and soul in the southern cause.”
Who was Bloody Bill Anderson? What events transpired that caused him to devote his entire life to war? A life that he once spoke of saying “if I cared for my life I would have lost it long ago. Wanting to lose it, I cannot throw it away.” Was Bill Anderson a reluctant hero caught up in the passions of civil war or just a blood thirsty villain, using any excuse he could to terrorize a countryside?
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The Tactical Genius of Bloody Bill Anderson by Sean McLachlan
Bloody Bill Anderson bio by Mathew C. Hullbert
Bloody Bill: The Infamous Symbol of a Savage Time (Interesting article)
Paul R. Peterson's version of Bloody Bill Anderson’s father’s death.
The Bush Smith rabbit hole of speculation
Did Bloody Bill Anderson Escape An Ambush In Missouri And Settle In Brown County, Texas? (Spoiler Alert: Probably not!)