William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson

Bloody Bill Anderson, Quantrill, Quantrell, Guerrillas, Raiders, Missouri, Texas, Civil War, William C. Anderson, Henry C. Fuller, Salt Creek, Brown County, Brownwood, Knights of the Golden Circle, mystery, KGC


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Cole Younger & Lew Nichols Carnival in Brady, Texas in 1907!

Posted by Jay Longley on January 10, 2018 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Former Southern Guerrillas and outlaws Cole Younger and Frank James started their own Great Cole Younger and Frank James Historical Wild West show in 1903. They toured many parts of the country. Sometime between Cole Younger's release from a Minnesota prison, for his part in the botched Northfield Bank Robbery, he visited Brown County, Texas and met with William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson at his Salt Creek farm. Cole Younger came away from that meeting convinced that Brown County's Bill And...

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Bill Anderson Rode with Jesse James AFTER the War!

Posted by Jay Longley on December 28, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I nearly fell out of my chair as I was researching old newspapers tonight, looking for articles about "Bloody Bill" Anderson, and I read this article from the Manchester Democrat about Jesse James upon their announcement of the death of Jesse's step-father. Members who have been with our group for a long time will remember when I conversed with William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson's granddaughter Berneice Perkins several times. She told me a lot about "Paw" Anderson which is what he was called...

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Seeking Apprentice History Researcher/KGC Treasure Hunter

Posted by Jay Longley on July 23, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (4)

I'm glad that the History Channel is still occasionally re-airing the "America Unearthed" episode "Lincoln's Secret Assassins" occasionally even though the AU show was cancelled after 3 seasons when their H2 Channel was discontinued. I wasn't paid to appear on the episode but I recently turned down a paid position with a California film production company who planned to create an entire series about the Knights of the Golden Circle and their role in the Assassination of President Lincoln. I ...

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Pot of Gold at Yancey Inn - "Bloody Bill" Anderson's Gold?

Posted by Jay Longley on July 18, 2017 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (1)

I ran across this story while researching William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson recently.  Today, the value of the gold coins found in 1912 would be at least $600,000 in gold value alone.  That's using the minimum estimated value ($10,000) of it in 1912 and isn't counting the coins' numismatic value so it's safe to say that the value of those coins today would be well in excess of a million dollars and that's a very conservative estimate.  Bill Anderson was a member of the Knigh...

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1882 Newspaper Article "A Bad Lot"

Posted by Jay Longley on June 6, 2016 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Moderator of our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group on Yahoo, Gayla McDowell, sent me this link to an old newspaper from 1882, right after Jesse James was wrongly alleged to have been killed by Bob Ford. Click on the link to open the newspaper page, click on the + icon to enlarge the page so you can read it, and then find the red highlighted area to find the article entitled "A Bad Lot" at the top of the page. Here are my thoughts on the author's mention of "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his ...

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Family of Brownwood's Mysterious Henry Ford?

Posted by Jay Longley on June 2, 2016 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I just posted this on our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group's message board. Probably the greatest unsolved mystery of the town of Brownwood, Texas is the question "who was Brownwood's Henry Ford?" Many old-timers thought he was the outlaw Jesse Woodson James because Jesse and Frank James's mother Zerelda Samuel was seen at Ford's funeral in Brownwood in 1910 and Frank James spoke to the crowd at the funeral, warning them that if they "put a marker on Henry Ford's grave, I will return and bl...

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Jury Duty for "Bloody Bill" Anderson in Brownwood, Texas

Posted by Jay Longley on March 31, 2016 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

From: Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group on Yahoo.

It seems that the famous William C. Anderson 1924 interview with

newspaperman, Henry C. Fuller, was given to several newspapers across the country. Some just printed the basic interview and left out certain passages in an effort to censor the whole story as told by Brown County Bill. I am going to type the following excerpt from the "San Antonio Express" version of the Fuller article from August 24, 1924. This part was probably ke...

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Hypocrisy of Traditionalist Historians & Authors

Posted by Jay Longley on December 17, 2015 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I originally posted this very important message on our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group's message board in August, 2008. I urge all members to read or re-read it now as it's just as relevant and important now as it was when I posted it.




Centralia, Missouri, September, 1864 !


From: "Quantrill In Texas The Forgotten Campaign" by Paul R.

Petersen, Published by Cumberland House Publishing, Copyright 2007,

pages 199, 200, a...

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"Bloody Bill" Anderson was a College Man

Posted by Jay Longley on November 29, 2015 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Pay special attention to where Mr. Hance refers to Bill Anderson as having been a college chum of Sim Oliver in the passage below.

One specific quote about "Bloody Bill" Anderson, in my earlier post below, keeps popping into my head every time I look at the inscription underneath the photo/postcard of William C. Anderson (in Photos section) at Salt Creek. The photo's inscription reads that Anderson was "originally from Lexington, Missouri. I'd sure like to know which college Bi...

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Bullets they wrongly claim killed "Bloody Bill"

Posted by Jay Longley on May 8, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Several years ago, I did a comparison of the many traditionalist accounts of the locations of and number of gunshot wounds they erroneously claim killed "Bloody Bill" Anderson during the ambush near Orrick, Missouri in late October, 1864. I'm re-posting the message where I detailed several of the accounts. I'm also adding a photo I just found that says it was taken of Bill Anderson's grave (at Richmond?) soon after 1900. Our group has long-called for an exhumation of this grave because we ...

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