Bloody Bill Anderson
The Short, Savage Life of a Civil War Guerrilla
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Bloody Bill Anderson by Albert Castel
Book DescriptionThis book talks about the short, savage life of a civil war guerrilla. Nowhere was the Civil War as savage as it was in Missouri - and nowhere did it produce a killer more savage than William Anderson. For a brief but dramatic period, "Bloody Bill" played the leading role in the most violent arena of the entire war - and did so with a vicious abandon that spread fear throughout the land. A name associated with William Quantrill and Jesse James, Bloody Bill Anderson was known for never taking prisoners. A former horse thief turned bushwhacker, he became the scourge of Kansas and Missouri with a reputation for unspeakable atrocities. Sometimes he left the bodies of dead Federal soldiers scalped, skinned, and castrated. Sometimes he decapitated them and rearranged their heads. Wherever Bloody Bill rode, the Grim Reaper rode alongside. In telling this story of bitter bloodshed, historians Castel and Goodrich track Bloody Bill's reign of terror over increasingly violent raids. He rode with Quantrill in the infamous sack of Lawrence and killed more victims than any other raider. Then he led the brutal Centralia Massacre, a blood-soaked nightmare recounted here hour-by-hour from firsthand accounts. More than compiling a chronicle of horrors, Castel and Goodrich have produced the first full-fledged account of Anderson's career. They examine his prewar life, explain how he became a guerrilla, then describe the war that he and his men waged against Union soldiers and defenseless civilians alike. The authors' disagreements on many aspects of Anderson's gruesome career add a fascinating dimension to the book. Only 26 when he was killed charging an ambush, Bloody Bill Anderson had already become a legend. This book takes readers behind the legend and provides a closer look at the man - and at the face of terror.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780700614349
(235mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: University Press of Kansas
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Albert Castel
Victors in Blue, Paperback (December 2015)
An award-winning Civil War historian sheds new light on the Union commanders' central role in the North's victory. He reevaluates the generalship of the victors and lays bare the sometimes vicious rivalries among the Union generals and theffect those clashes had on the war.
Campaigns of Lieut.-Gen. N.B. Forrest, and of Forrest's Cavalry, Paperback (August 1996)
"In June 1861, practically unschooled, without military training or experience, Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821--1877) enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private. Yet by the Civil War's end he was a lie"
Army of Tennessee, Paperback (September 1993)» View all books by Albert Castel
Subjected to ever-changing commanders, bickering and wrangling among its leaders, the army of Tennessee suffered a succession of disappointments during the Civil War. This account contains specific facts and dates, as well as describing the human side of the War in the West.
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Author Biography - Albert Castel
Albert Castel is the author of several classic works on the Civil War, including Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864, which won the prestigious Lincoln Prize. Thomas Goodrich is the author of numerous books on the West, including Scalp Dance and War to the Knife.
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