"Bloody Bill" Anderson Killed

Tintype photograph of "Bloody Bill" Anderson, taken shortly after his death. Photograph by Robert B. Kice. Courtesy of Springfield-Greene County Library.
Tintype photograph of "Bloody Bill" Anderson, taken shortly after his death. Photograph by Robert B. Kice. Courtesy of Springfield-Greene County Library.
Wednesday, October 26, 1864
Violence

Notorious border ruffian William T. "Bloody Bill" Anderson is killed in an ambush set by Union soldiers near Albany, Missouri. Coming just one month after Anderson's brutal massacre of Union soldiers on leave at Centralia, and his subsequent defeat of Union troops who attacked him after the massacre, Anderson's death is a relief to the area's pro-Union population. Anderson's remains are briefly displayed in public in Richmond, Missouri by celebrating Union soldiers.

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