|Posted by Jay Longley on November 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
Mike Jackson contacted me last night and told me the following story about William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson. Col. George Day is a former District Attorney from Brownwood and is also a local historian and an author.
"The story I got told from George Day was that his Grandfather knew Anderson and there was a small hole in the wall movie house and they were showing a movie about the North and the South fighting and of course the North won and Anderson stuck a gun to the projectionist's head and told him if he showed that movie one more time he'd kill him. Needless to say that movie had a short run in Brownwood."
|Posted by Jay Longley on July 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
I've transcribed the short but very important article about Walter Daniels' visit with Bill Anderson in January, 1924, just a few months before Bulletin staff writer Henry C. Fuller conducted a series of interviews with William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson which resulted in numerous widely-published articles in newspapers and magazines.
Discovered by Moderator Gayla McDowell of the Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group.
Walter Daniels Interview with Bill Anderson
From: Brownwood Bulletin, Brownwood, Tex., Vol. 24, No. 71, Ed. 1, Monday, January 7, 1924.
"The Bulletin news man, Walter Daniels and the father of Walter Daniels spent Sunday afternoon at the residence of Uncle Bill Anderson on the May road north of Brownwood. Several hours were spent pleasantly around an old time log fire while Uncle Bill went into some interesting and unpublished history of stirring events of other years in which he occupied a leading part. Uncle Bill owns one of the prettiest and most valuable places in Brown county and the sun of his long life is setting in peace and quietude."
|Posted by Jay Longley on June 29, 2014 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
From: "A Texas Cow Boy" by Chas. A. Siringo, reprinted in 1980 from
original 1885 edition, published by Time-Life Books, originally
published in 1885 by M. Umbdenstock & Co., Chicago, Illinois, pages
146 & 147.
This was Charles Siringo's first book. It was published when he was
about 29 years old, before he even began his 22 year service to the
Pinkerton Detective Agency. After reading Ganis's "Uncommon Men" and
comparing it to this one, I believe that the Bill Anderson that
Siringo wrote about here is our William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson of
Salt Creek, Texas. One of Siringo's shortcomings is that he was
obviously new to writing when he wrote his first book and he did not
remind the reader what specific year he was writing about. I can
tell for sure, from reading the preceding and subsequent chapters,
that this event at Erin Springs occurred sometime in the early
1870s. Oh yes, I bought my copy of this beautiful book on eBay.
[early 1870s, Erin Springs, Oklahoma Indian Territory]
"After breakfast next morning the whole crowd, ladies and all, went
down the river five miles to witness a `big' horse race at `Kickapoo'
After the `big' race, which was for several thousand dollars, was
over the day was spent in running pony races and drinking whiskey.
By night the whole mob were gloriously drunk, your humble servant
included. There were several fights and fusses took place during the
day, but no one seriously injured.
It being against the laws of the United States to sell, or have
whisky in the Indian territory, you might wonder where it came from:
A man by the name of Bill Anderson, said to have been one of
Quantrell's men during the war, did the selling.
He defied the United States marshals and it was said that he had over
a hundred indictments against him. He sold it at ten dollars a
gallon, therefore you see he could afford to run quite a risk."
|Posted by Jay Longley on April 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM||comments (2)|
I first posted this passage on this board in 2006. It further documents important visits to Brownwood and Brown County by two "outlaws" who are important to our work. The Brown County Historical Society doesn't currently carry "From the Memories of Men" but I found my First Edition copy in excellent condition on eBay a few years ago. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bloodybillandersonmystery
|Posted by Jay Longley on March 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
I'm reposting a message I originally posted on this board in 2007 because it has to do with the "mob" violence in the area during that time.
Bill Anderson Had True Grit
From: "In The Life And Lives of Brown County People", Scrapbook II
Book #19, Brown County Historical Society, Brownwood Public Library's
"Your only contact with barbed wire may have been a sharp one - a
scratched leg, or torn clothing while climbing over a barbed wire
fence. You may not realize that the barbed wire, which was developed
in 1873 to protect farm lands from intruders, changed the course of
Life for the early settlers and homesteaders was not easy. In
addition to hardships such as separation from loved ones, marauding
Indians and the lack of materials, they found it practically
impossible to build efficient fences that would establish their
boundary lines and keep cattle out of their crops.
Rocks and timber were used but it took months to build a fence.
Smooth wire had been invented, which was expensive and wasn't
practical because cattle had no fear of it. When barbed wire came to
Central Texas in the early 1880s farmers and ranchers were able to
protect their property. Without the wire, homesteaders could not
have successfully farmed the land.
In 1882, George Iverson Goodwin brought the first barbed wire into
Brown County. He had read about the wire and seen some land fenced
and knew that the cattle feared the sharp wire. Little did he know
that this wonderful invention would bring strife among the people of
When the wire cutting wars began Goodwin's fence was completely
destroyed. Conflicts among the cattle people and homesteaders became
so violent that Mr. Goodwin and other landowners went to Austin and
asked for laws to control the wire cutting. Mr. Goodwin framed a
bill making it a felony to cut fences. The bill passed by the Texas
Legislature in January of 1884.
Scrapbook Column, Brownwood Bulletin July 28, 1991
The following is part of the Scrapbook Column of July 6, 1997
Most people had depended on the running streams for their water
supply. The law provided the fences to be opened for the settlers to
have water. Many of the people begin hand digging wells for their
The 'Farmer Alliance' a state organization that helped farmers,
organized a chapter in Brown County to help the farmers during the
wire cutting days. Wire cutting had gotten out of control. The
ranchers also called the Texas Rangers to Brown County to help stop
the wire cutting.
According to the book, 'Early Communities of Lake Brownwood' by
Pattie Lee Cross Weedon the Alliance would meet and decide when and
where to cut the fences. There were about thirty members, Joe
Copeland, a hired informer and a Texas Ranger, was hired by the
ranchers to catch the wire cutters. He told the group that Morg
Baugh had fenced his cattle off from the water and asked for help.
Four young men volunteered.
Joe reported to the Rangers and the ranchers when and where the wire
was to be cut. On the morning of Nov. 9, 1886, the men ambushed the
wire cutters, killing Jim Lovell and badly wounding Amos Roberts who
died three days later in the county jail. Both men were well known
in their community.
Joe Copeland came to Brownwood the next day and no one was his friend
and his life was threatened several times. On his way home he was
waylaid in the Salt Creek community and would have been killed had he
not had his little boy with him.
He was slightly wounded and went to Bill Anderson's home for help,
but was refused and was told to leave or he would finish the job. He
left Brown County.
There had been a number of arrests and charges against the wire
cutters in Brown County. After the two men were killed the charges
against the wire cutters were dropped. No one wanted to be involved
with the fence conflicts any longer. Brown County residents were
ready to settle down and accepted the barbed wire as a part of their
|Posted by Jay Longley on February 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
The most memorable part for me though was Surratt's recording of his relationship with John Wilkes Booth. Throughout the journal, he's telling us of Booth's involvement with the KGC as well as his own. I was most interested in learning all I could about Booth as I was aware of an old newspaper article about John Ravenswood who spent a year in Brownwood in 1871 and I've always been fascinated by the Lincoln Assassination. Here's our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group's post where I transcribed the article from an old local history book.
Hi members. I found this story many years ago when I first
read "Frontier's Generation" by Tevis Clyde Smith (Sr.), 1931, pages
46, 47, 48, & 49.
"And now we approach the Booth legend. Perhaps you have forgotten
the details of the story; let us go into it briefly:
Booth was not killed at the Garrett place by Boston Corbett; he made
his escape, drifted down to Mississippi, hid at the home of an uncle
until the broken bones in his leg knitted together: then he journeyed
to the Pacific slope, went from there to the South Seas, to India, to
Ceylon, back to North America, and to Mexico, where he became
embroiled in political intrigue; he would have lost his life there,
but someone saved him because he was a Catholic. Booth, disguised as
a priest, escaped from the country; he came to Texas, settled at
Granbury under the name of John St. Helen, and went into the saloon
business. But Booth took little interest in his saloon; he received
much money from some mysterious source, and spent most of his time
reciting Shakespeare. Becoming seriously ill, and thinking he was
about to die, he confessed to Judge Finis L. Bates of Granbury that
he was not John St. Helen, but in reality John Wilkes Booth. Bates
thought him delirious; Booth recovered, and moved to the Indian
Territory, where he took the name of David E. George. He committed
suicide at the Grand Avenue Hotel, in Enid, during the month of
January, 1903. Before his death, he told several people that he was
John Wilkes Booth. The Enid Wave printed the following story January
'David E. George, a wealthy resident of the Territory, who committed
suicide here, on his death bed announced himself to be John Wilkes
Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln. He stated that he had
successfully eluded the officers after shooting Lincoln and since had
remained incognito. His statement caused an investigation. Surgeons
examined the body and stated the man to be of the age Booth would be
at this time, and that his leg was broken in the same place and in
the same manner as that of Booth after jumping from the president's
box at Ford's Theatre following the assassination. All the time
George has received money regularly from unknown sources. He had
previously attempted suicide at El Reno. It was at El Reno that Mrs.
Harper, who was mentioned in George's dying statement, had befriended
him and had listened to a similar supposed death bed confession. No
reason for the suicide is known. George maintained to the last to
his attendants that he was John Wilkes Booth, and his general
appearance closely resembles that of Booth.'
Bates, reading of George's death, took the train for Enid, and
identified David E. George as John St. Helen; he then had George
mummified, and placed on exhibition throughout the nation as the
assassin of President Lincoln. At the same time, he set to work on a
book, "The Escape and Suicide of John Wilkes Booth", which he
published in 1907. The book was read with avid interest throughout
the United States; Bates sold 75,000 copies.
The story died down, to leap into print from time to time. In 1920,
according to the Dearborn Independent, Bates tried to sell them the
body of George for one thousand dollars. The Independent took little
stock in Bates' story; deciding to investigate the facts, they sent a
reporter over the ground traversed by Bates; the reporter wrote his
observations, and the Independent editor filed them away. In 1924,
the story broke into print again, and in 1925, the Independent
published its 'exposure' of the legend. The series of articles, six
in number, were written by F.L. Black. Black claims that Booth was
killed at the Garrett place in Virginia; he says that it is all hokum
about no one knowing where Booth is buried - that he is interred in
the family burial plot; and he claims that the government, contrary
to Bates' statements, paid something like $75,000 in rewards to the
men who had a hand in the killing of the president's assassin.
There are two sides of the story. Many people believe Bates, others
discredit his version as a myth.
Boothng to stories appearing in the local newspapers in December,
1922, is supposed to have spent the year 1871 in Brownwood; while
here, he went under the name of John Ravenswood. One day, he told
several friends that he was hiding under a pseudonym. 'My name is
not John Ravenswood,' he said; 'it is, in reality, John Wilkes
Booth.' Later, when he expressed a desire to go to the Indian
Nations, these friends, to show their sympathy for him, gave him a
horse, and money with which to buy supplies along his route. So John
Ravenswood left Brownwood; he never appeared here again. Instead, he
went to the Indian Nations, and committed suicide at Enid in 1903.
The author of this newspaper article concludes by asking if anyone in
this section remembers a man by the name of Ravenswood, who visited
this country between the years of '68 and '72.
Five days later, he gets startling results. A Brownwood woman, who
says she is a cousin of Booth's, tells him that Booth was not killed
by Corbett; Booth escaped, fled to Mexico, then came to Texas, where
he lived under the name of Ravenswood. While in the Lone Star state,
Booth ran a grocery store; then, he went to Oklahoma, and adopting
the name of Joseph Johnson, entered the dry goods business. On March
4, 1913, he died from pneumonia; a short time before his death, he
revealed his identity to his wife.
This woman tells the reporter that she knows beyond a shadow of a
doubt that Booth died in Enid in 1913; she has read letters from
Booth to another one of his cousins, Olivia Booth. These letters
must have been widely circulated, and Booth must have had a host of
cousins, because I have read of about fifty of these close relations
who have been favored by a glimpse at John's correspondence. But
regardless of this, according to the newspaper man, his informant has
vouched for the truth of the story, so there you are.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to find this lady, so I have not
traced this particular phase of the legend to my complete
satisfaction. But I have asked a number of oldtimers who were living
here in the sixties and the seventies if they remember a man named
Ravenswood. They reply that they do not - and all of them have
uncommonly sharp memories."
On pages 12 and 13 of Surratt's Journal, he tells of the horrible consequences he will face if it is discovered that he has written any information down about the Knights of the Golden Circle, their members, their organization, or their members. This part impressed me because it emphasized how important extreme secrecy was to the KGC. It also helped me better understand the one of the reasons some of the most mysterious men in Brown County, Texas including William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson and Henry Ford refused to tell anyone (even their families) about their lives before coming to Brown County. Henry Ford went to his death(?) in 1910 without ever revealing anything about his past to anyone with the probable exception of other KGC members including Bill Anderson. Bill Anderson was just a secretive about his past until 1924 when he allowed Brownwood Banner-Bulletin writer Henry C. Fuller to do a series of interviews with him at his Salt Creek, Texas farm. This was several years after his second wife had died (1916) and the KGC had ceased all operations (1916 also). Still, Anderson never divulged any secrets about the Knights, their organization or activities. That these ex-guerrillas, KGC members, and a large number of ex-Confederates who sought refuge in Brownwood and Brown County still feared prosecution or even death at the hands of the Federal Government these many years later also helps explain the necessity of having an underground tunnel network so that they could freely travel without detection all around this KGC stronghold.
Beginning on page 11 of Surratt's Journal, he begins describing the people who were present at the Baltimore Castle of the KGC. This chapter impressed me greatly because revealed that some of the highest and most-respected leaders in the country were in attendance including cabinet members, judges, congressmen, actors, and editors. This gave me a clearer understanding about the KGC's influence and membership and erased whatever doubt I had that they not only had members in the Southern States but they had members in the highest levels of the Federal Government and military. Reading pages 16 and 17 helped me to understand that the KGC had the utmost respect for our Revolutionary heroes and even patterned themselves after them. During the Civil War, the KGC even changed its name to the Sons of Liberty after the Revolutionary Sons.
Chapter III of the Journal beginning on page 25 gives a lot of historical details about the KGC's plans and works before and after Lincoln's first inauguration and tells a lot about Booth and his relationship with "that woman" who Surratt felt was a severe threat to their plans. The rest of the journal deals with the intricate plans and activities of Booth, Surratt, and the Knights and the many frustrating obstacles and defeats they faced throughout the War. The entire journal makes it clear that it was the KGC's official plans that Lincoln be kidnapped, not killed.
On about page 60 through 62, Surratt explains the plans to infiltrate the Federal military or to encourage recruits to reconsider and back out of enlisting.
Chapter XIII, beginning on page 80 tells about Booth's desire to kill, not kidnap Lincoln. This of course is very important to anyone who seriously studies the ensuing assassination.
One of the most important phrases to me in the entire journal is when Surratt says, on page 94, "If he (Booth) takes the road planned out, he will certainly escape. This suggests what I believe really did happen, that is, that Booth did escape and was not killed in the barn.
|Posted by Jay Longley on December 10, 2013 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
At our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group, we have thousands of messages
and files dealing with this one topic alone. When I began my
investigation into the controversial life and death of Bloody Bill
Anderson, the first area of identification I began with, of course, was
his complete name. I started with all the documentation I could find
for the traditionalists' name for Bloody Bill Anderson, William T.
Anderson. I thought that such a task would be relatively simple and
that they surely had mountains of documentation supporting such a claim
for one of the most famous men in the Old West and Civil War. I was
right on the first count as finding their documentation was quite
simple, as it seemed that all the "new historians" said that Bill's
middle initial was a "T." There were only two or three documents giving
Bloody Bill Anderson's middle initial as "T" and low and behold, NO ONE
seemed to know what name the "T" stood for ! And they still don't
know. Their best guess is that it stood for "Thomasson" but that is
just a guess as they have no documentation supporting it. Their entire
"T" initial theory is based on the following two primary documents:
1) 1860 Agnes County, Kansas census entry for William ? Anderson, son of William C. Anderson.
2) March 2. 1864 Sherman, Grayson County, Texas marriage certificate for Lieutenant William ? Anderson.
I will discuss the problems with the census entry first. In order to understand my objections to each of these documents, you need to have the a copy of the original in front of you. On first glance, the middle initial for young William Anderson, son of William C. Anderson, appears to be a "T". But this is where honest people make their mistakes. Let's say, to play the devil's advocate, that this letter on the entry IS a "T". Every genealogist knows of countless examples where census-takers have made honest errors in recording names AND middle initials so this one letter alone cannot even come close to countering all the evidence proving Bloody Bill Anderson's middle initial was a "C." but I will get to that later. First appearances can be deceiving so one needs to compare that capital letter with the other capital "T"s in that census that were written by that same census-taker. This is when you will see that this one written letter does NOT resemble other capital "T"s written by the very same census-taker. Why is that? I find at least two possible reasons. One is that it is not a "T" at all but possibly an "L" (standing for Lum which was the commonly-used shortened version of the name Columbus). Another is that this entry for young William did not include a middle initial at all when it was first recorded by the census-taker but was possibly added later for whatever reasons.
The second piece of evidence is the much-acclaimed marriage certificate for Bloody Bill Anderson and Bush Smith. When one looks at an enlarged copy of this original document closely, it is easy to see that it has been altered too, specifically, in the date for the decade where a "6" has been written over a "5". Why was that necessary? Well, the William "T" supporters claim that four years after the decade changed from the fifties to the sixties, the county had not ordered new revised certificate forms to be printed ! There sure must not have been many marriages in Grayson County during those four years and they must have over-ordered a lot of forms for the fifties. Let's say, for argument's sake, that this was actually the case. Then Quantrill's scout, John McCorkle, must have been badly mistaken when he clearly states in his book "Four Years With Quantrill" that Bill Anderson married Bush Smith "during Christmas week" at Sherman. Well, March 2nd sure isn't Christmas week ! John McCorkle WAS THERE as were many of Bloody Bill's comrades. Looking again at the highly-questionable marriage certificate, one finds a similar problem with the middle initial, in the two spots where the writers wrote it in William Anderson's name, as there is with the census entry. Both letters could have been another letter and the one at the top doesn't look too much different than the "L" in "Lieutenant. Once again, these letters could have been added in later for whatever reason.
A few other things need to be seriously considered before accepting these two documents as "proof" that Bloody Bill Anderson's middle initial was a "T."
1) Why do traditional or new historians not have a SINGLE handwriting specimen of William "T" Anderson's personal signature anywhere from the first 24 years of his life? He was one of the most famous individuals in our history, was a commander of his own band of Confederate Guerrillas so surely he signed his own orders and reports. We know he sent letters to the editors of newspapers for the attention of his Union foes. Where are these letters? The traditionalists' claim the Yankees found Bloody Bill's personal letters, orders, and papers after the ambush near Orrick in October 1864. Where are those valuable documents now? No, they want us to take their word for his middle initial, minus a proven middle name, based on two very suspicious and possibly altered documents.
2) Historians are notable for knowing not only the middle initial but the full middle name of famous people and their fathers. That is not the case when you look at most of the traditionalist historians/writers' accounts of Bloody Bill Anderson after 1990. They claim not to know either the father's, William C. Anderson's, middle name nor the middle name of his famous son. Take only the most famous leaders of Quantrill's Guerrillas which include Quantrill himself, Cole Younger, Frank James, and we all seem to know not only their middle names but also the middle names of their fathers. Why don't we know the middle names of Bloody Bill Anderson OR his father William C. Anderson? I believe many of the traditionalist historians DO know their full names and can prove them. Why, then, don't they? I'll let you form your own answer to that question.
3) What is the first job of any good investigator or detective? Their first job is always to determine the primary means of identification of the subject they are investigating. How do they do that? They match a face and physical description with their subject's FULL NAME.
4) EVERY book, newspaper article or magazine article written about Bloody Bill Anderson, written prior to 1969 when Donald Hale first inserted the "T" into Bloody Bill's name, gave Bloody Bill Anderson's name as: "William Anderson", "Bill Anderson", "Bloody Bill Anderson" or (get this) "William C. Anderson? These writers wrote closer to the Civil War times of Bloody Bill Anderson so they had many first-hand accounts from people who knew Bloody Bill Anderson that latter day writers and historians did not have access to. Some of these writers were Bloody Bill Anderson's own Guerrilla comrades. These comrades did not give a middle name or initial to their friend and comrade but called him simply either "Bill Anderson" or "William Anderson". If they knew his correct name, and some surely did, they would not have revealed it because saying his middle initial was a "C" or his middle name was "Columbus" (probably just like his father's), would have exposed their comrade Colonel William C. Anderson who still hadn't revealed that he had survived the 1864 ambush and was living mostly peacefully at Salt Creek, Brown County, Texas. They were not only bound by duty and allegiance to protect his identity but were bound by the Blood Oath of the Knights of the Golden Circle that provided "death" for any member who revealed another's identity or membership in that secret Confederate Organization. Other writers/historians were not bound by that code. I have found that of the book writers who gave a middle initial to Bloody Bill Anderson in their books that at least half of these called him "William C. Anderson"! I suppose they were not impressed by two scanty pieces of documentation later provided by the traditionalist historians but, rather preferred their own solid documentation. So, out of 26 letters in the alphabet, these notable historians/writers just reached into a hat and EVERY ONE of them just happened to pull out a "C". Preposterous! While I am not a mathematician, can you calculate the odds that these writers would all "guess" at the same letter "C"?
5) Some of the several renowned authors who referred explicitly to Bloody Bill Anderson as "William C. Anderson include the following but our members of the Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group have listed several more and continue to locate others who agreed that the one and only Bloody Bill Anderson's real name was William C. Anderson:
- Dr. Robert S. Brownlee, "Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy"
- Shelby Foote, "The Civil War from Fredericksburg to Meridian", 1963.
- Robert L. Dyer, "Jesse James and the Civil War in Missouri", 1994.
6) Of course, the truest proof of Bloody Bill Anderson's full name comes from none other than the man himself who told Brownwood Bulletin-Banner staff writer in 1924 that he, William Columbus Anderson, was the one and only Bloody Bill Anderson, leader of Quantrill's Raiders. The Fuller interview appeared in newspapers and even magazines all across Texas and Missouri and the United States. After an exhaustive search by not only our large membership but also those of the opposing viewpoint, not a single Guerrilla comrade of Bill Anderson stepped forward to say that William C. Anderson's statement was untrue! To date, we have listed and documented 27 Quantrill's Raiders, who served with Bill Anderson, who were alive after this Interview was made public. It needs to also be pointed out that William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson's naysayers' claim he was the son of Stone County, Missouri's William M. Anderson, Sr. but have yet to provide the name of ONE member or descendant of this Stone County Anderson family, who knew the man they even called "Bloody Bill" Anderson, who stepped forward to say that their friend Colonel William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson was lying in the interview or that he was a member of their own immediate Anderson family.
|Posted by Jay Longley on December 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM||comments (1)|
|Posted by Jay Longley on October 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
This major discovery was made by one of our Bloody Bill Anderson Mystery group members. This is indeed solid proof that, not only did Jesse W. James visit Brownwood and Brown County, Texas but that he LIVED here for a time! William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson's Salt Creek, Brown County, Texas farm was only 11 miles outside of Brownwood. What safer place could Jesse James choose as his home than near his old Quantrill's Guerrillas leader and mentor? Some local historians believe that Jesse James lived on Bill Anderson's farm and an old Brown County map from the 1930 shows another unidentified house sitting on William C. "Bloody Bill" Anderson's farm near the Anderson home.
[Below Taken From--: The Ouachita Telegraph. (Monroe,La.) Dated-Dec,12th,1879]
Jesse James Heard From
A Remarkable Letter.
[Hannibal (Mo.) Clipper Herald.]
Readers of some weeks ago will remember that some weeks ago our reporter caught a nightmare and rode through the labyrinths of Hannibal Cave, where he encountered, as he supposed the, James Boy's Gang, headed by the redoubtable Jesse. The canard has been laughed at time and again in this office, and would have been classed with other forgotten fish stories but for the murder of Jesse James by George Shepard, one of his old chums. This morning we visited the post office as usual, and among other letters found one addressed in a bold, firm hand to the “Editor Clipper-Herald, Hannibal, Mo.,” and bearing the postmark, “Brownwood, Texas.” We opened the letter, and our astonishments may be imagined as we perused the following lines:
From The Pen of Jesse James.
Brownwood, The Hardest Town in Texas, Nov. 7, 1879.-- To Editor of Herald-Clipper--:
“Your reporter and George Shepard have the most brilliant imaginations in America. They ought to pull in double harness at the boss hypothecators. They can lie with more appearance of truth than any two men in Missouri. Mark Twain's boss liar who walked twenty miles to show a man a tree 100 feet round, and when he reached the spot where he said the tree was found only a sage-brush, and explained by saying that the tree had sunk during the dry spell, was nothing to them.
I never saw your cave, and never expect to. The man who runs me into a hole will do more than 'Pinks's' could, as Louis J. Lull can Testify. Lull was game, though; the gamest man that I ever met, and I am glad that he pulled through. I read your reporter's yarn, and myself and my wife laughed heartily over it.
The description of my appearance, rather of my features,eyes, hair and beard, was accurate. Where did your reporter get it?
I have just read a telegraphic account of the way George Shepherd got the drop on me, and I'll be damned if I believe it. George Shepherd would never treat me that way. I shot his nephew because I had to, and he knows it. Besides George is no coward and would never have shot me in the back. I wish you newspapermen would charge me with every train robbery and outrage that is committed in Missouri or the West. I had no more to do with the Glendale robbery than you had. The bungling manner in which the robbers allowed the 'dust' to slip through there hands shows this. I would have known what train the bullion was to be forwarded on from Kansas City, and would have stopped that train and no other, bet your life.
But the very thoughts of old days and old deeds makes my heart beat fast, and I long for the wild reckless past, and but for my wife and boy would again take to the road. As it is, however, I am playing a square game, and have settled down on a ranche about ten miles from this town of Brownwood, and am no longer known as Jesse James. I am not ashamed of my name, but want peace and quiet for my wife's sake. She has saved me from killing myself, and if I am let alone will become a good citizen and grow up in a new life with this great State of Texas.
Tell your Reporter to 'set ' em up' to the boys around and send the bill to me. I enclose a photo which was taken some years ago. It is not a really good picture, but will pass muster. Believe me, yours in truth,”
|Posted by Jay Longley on September 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM||comments (0)|
posted this very important message way back in 2007. It's important
because the author was Caleb Bingham who owned the building in Kansas
City that was used as a jail by Federals to incarcerate young women and
girls who were related to Quantrill's Guerrillas including "Bloody Bill"
Anderson's 3 young sisters. Anderson's middle sister, Josephine, was
murdered by the Yankees who undermined the sturdy structure. This
article totally destroys the claims of traditionalist historians and
authors who hold fast to William Elsey Connelley's lie that the rickety
building blew down during a windstorm.
From: Washington Sentinel, March 9, 1878