View Full Version : January 2007 William T. “Bloody Bill” Anderson

6/02/2007 11:55am,
As this is our second “Badass of the Month” column here on Bullshido, we’re going to take a step in another direction from last month’s heroic badass (MSG Roy P. Benavidez (http://www.bullshido.net/modules.php?name=Reviews&file=viewarticle&id=287)) and go with a badass of a different sort. <o:p> </o:p>
You see, Badasses come in all shapes, sizes, and degrees of moral character. So to diversify our badass portfolio, we are hereby award the “Bad Mother Fucker” wallet to:
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William T. “Bloody Bill” <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Anderson</st1:City></st1:place> (1840 – 1864)

Article by Mr_Mantis

Bloody Bill was one of William Clarke Quantrill’s Raiders in the American Civil War. Born in <st1:State w:st="on">Missouri</st1:State> he was a normal kid for the day, going to school, helping to support the family, being both a brother and a father to his sisters while their true father was out in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">California</st1:place></st1:State> panning for gold. Then the War got going, Pro-Unionists killed his father. So Bill became a Confederate guerrilla under Quantrill. Union soldiers were responsible for the death of his sister “Josephine” and his other sister was maimed for life.

Bill became a killing machine. He wore a silk rope where he would tie a knot for every Yankee he killed. He also wore scalps around his neck and on his horse bridle. His weapon of choice was the Colt Navy revolver; he wouldn’t get caught with less than 4 on him. He was a walking arsenal. He would become so enraged in battle that he would cry and froth at the mouth! His dead sister’s name “Josephine” was his battle cry, as well as “No Quarter!” ~ Which means No Prisoners!

He rode with Quantrill into <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Lawrence</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Kansas</st1:State></st1:place> (pop. 3000) on August 21, 1863. In 4 hours, the band of 300 bushwhackers fucking pwned that bitch! Killed 150-180 people, burned most of the town to the ground, and pillaged.

After this, Bloody Bill split off from Quantrill, and had about 70 men in his command (including Frank & Jesse James and Cole Younger) when he raided…

<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Centralia</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Missouri</st1:State></st1:place> on September 27, 1864. First, they ran in killing, raping, looting (especially whiskey ~ which they promptly drank using their shoes) and showed no mercy! They burned the entire town to the ground! Bloody Bill checked the train schedule and saw one was due in, and ordered his men to block the tracks with rail road ties. The train had 26 Union soldiers on it, including a Union officer, Lieutenant Peters.

<img src="http://www.bullshido.net/images/bloodybill.jpg" alt="Bloody Bill" align=right>As the train approached the burning depot, Peters disserted his man and tried to escape by jumping from the train and rolling under a platform. Bloody Bill saw him do this and ordered his men to "Pull that bastard out of there!" Peters tried to make a run for it and Bill shot him in the back six times.

He had the remaining 26 soldiers lined up. “With the feeling that they were certainly going to be slaughtered, most dropped to their knees sobbing and begging for mercy – a sight that <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Anderson</st1:place></st1:City> reveled in. Armed with four Navy Colt pistols in his waistband, a sabre, a hatchet, four rifles and a bag of pistols on his horse, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Anderson</st1:place></st1:City> proceeded to psychologically terrorize his victims by strutting up and down in front of them. Ignoring their pleas for their lives to be spared <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Anderson</st1:place></st1:City> stopped, lighted a cigar and then, in a somewhat subdued manner, asked –"Boys, do you have a Sergeant in your ranks?" Met with no response, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Anderson</st1:place></st1:City> repeatedly asked the same question with the inference that co–operation would mean that their lives would be spared. Eventually, Thomas M. Goodman took a pace forward and announced his rank. "Fine, we'll use you to exchange for one of my men that them damned Yankees have caught". The fearsome lunatic <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Anderson</st1:place></st1:City> then withdrew two of his pistols and walked down the line of troopers firing until the chambers of both guns were empty then, he repeated this act twice more until he had murdered all the Union men in cold blood single–handed. .” Reference (http://www.angelfire.com/apes/westlegends/bloodybill.htm) Goodman was Bloody Bill’s only prisoner, he respected his bravery. He later escaped and reported the plunder.

The carnage is not yet over!

After completely decimating the town, he moved his men to the south of town and set up an ambush for 150 Union Calvary men moving in after him. They killed 116 of them. They shot them through the head, then scalped them and thrust them with bayonets. They even chopped of ears and noses.

On October 27th 1864, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Anderson</st1:place></st1:City> was ambushed by Captain S.P.Cox and his Union troops. He and one other man charged the line guns blazing. His horse was shot and he bit the dust, he was then shot in the back of the head 2 times. His body was taken to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Richmond</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Missouri</st1:State></st1:place> where they decapitated his corpse and stuck his head on a telegraph pole. His body was then dragged through the streets and dumped in an unmarked grave.

Bloody Bill was passionate, angry and ruthless ~ described by Jim Cummins as "The most desperate man I ever met."