William Anderson (1840 – October 26, 1864), known as "Bloody Bill"
Anderson, was one of the deadliest pro-Confederate guerrilla leaders of
the American Civil War, leading a band of volunteer partisans who
targeted Union loyalists and federal soldiers in Missouri and Kansas.
After his father was killed by a Union loyalist judge during the war,
Anderson killed the judge and fled to Missouri where he robbed travelers
and killed several Union soldiers. In 1863 he took a leading role in the
Lawrence massacre and later participated in the Battle of Baxter
Springs. By 1864 Anderson was the leader of a group of raiders in
Missouri. In September 1864, he led a raid on the town of Centralia,
where his men captured a passenger train; they executed 24 unarmed Union
soldiers in the Centralia Massacre. Later that day they killed more than
a hundred Union militiamen in an ambush. Anderson died in battle a month
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_T._Anderson>
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