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"Bloody Bill" Anderson was a College Man

Posted by Jay Longley on November 29, 2015 at 6:55 PM

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 Bill Anderson had attended "prior to the war" as I have a feeling that it was located in Lexington. Today, I looked into that possibility and I found one college (The Masonic College for children of Masons) that could have been the right one. It ceased operation in 1857 when Bill Anderson would have been about 17 years old but students often attended college at a younger age than they do now. And we know that "Bloody Bill" Anderson's father of the same name (William C. Anderson) was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) so Bill would have qualified to be a student there. You'll also notice that the famous Oliver Anderson House was only 400 yards from The Masonic College.

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From: "Reminiscences of one who suffered in the lost cause" by

Charles Hewitt Hance, published 1915, page 17. I urge our members to

read this passage very carefully as it gives some names that

definitely need to be thoroughly researched.

 

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"...Then mounting their steeds they galloped off to a telegraph wire

and pulled it down and cut it. I soon learned that instead of these

being Jennison's Jayhawkers, they were the notorious Bill Anderson's

Guerillas, with Bill in command. After cutting the wire, they

scattered; some came into the store and began taking things, in most

cases not offering to pay for them. I remember distictly one

instance that a man paid me for an article that he got, and another

fellow rolled over the counter and took the money that I had just

received and deliberately put it into his pocket. Just about this

stage of the game, I was ordered to open the safe. Fortunately there

was only a small amount of currency and about twenty-five or thirty

dollars in gold there, as I had taken out fifteen hundred dollars the

day before and had hidden it under the counter in some rubbish, and

left this small amount in the safe as a blind. (My partner and I had

agreed that the safe was the least safe of all places.)

Sim Oliver and Bill Anderson had been college chums prior to the war,

and when I told Sim of being robbed, he went to see Anderson at once,

and told him that they had robbed a one-armed Confederate. About

this time there was a trumpet call and the men were immediately in

their saddles. Anderson was mounted on a beautiful black horse..."

 

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You won't find any of this in the accounts about Bloody Bill Anderson

in the traditionalist historians' writings. :)

~Jay~

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexington,_Missouri#Academia

http://lafayettecountymo.com/P-100/History.aspx

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