BLOODY BILL ANDERSON

True West|September 2020

BLOODY BILL ANDERSON
A NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED PHOTO REVEALS HIS TRUE LIKENESS.
ROBERT G. MCCUBBIN
William T. “Bloody Bill” Anderson was one of the chief lieutenants of Missouri Guerrilla William Quantrill and, as his name suggests, the most bloodthirsty and fearless of the Bushwhackers. Anderson was admired on both sides of the bitter conflict for his outstanding horsemanship and marksmanship. But he was also ruthless. He did not take prisoners. Rather, he scalped and mutilated his enemies’ bodies after killing them. He reportedly carried his victims’ scalps dangling from his saddle.

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September 2020