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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent(but not for the squeamish)
In most places, the War for Southern Independence, as brutal as it sometimes was, had rules which were more or less followed, at least early on. In Missouri, the War for Southern Independence had no rules and was fought that way, brutally and savagely. And the most brutal and savage Missourian of all during this time was William "Bloody Bill"...
Published on 12 May 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Bill and Others
A limited overview of a complex character who displayed both traditional values and extremes in behaviour and treatment of others. He didn't seem to be particularly influenced by the politics of the civil war but more by the personal events surrounding the suffering of his family. What did come across was the complexity of the man sometimes showing kindness and at others...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent(but not for the squeamish), 12 May 1999
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This review is from: Bloody Bill Anderson: The Short, Savage Life of a Civil War Guerrilla (Hardcover)
In most places, the War for Southern Independence, as brutal as it sometimes was, had rules which were more or less followed, at least early on. In Missouri, the War for Southern Independence had no rules and was fought that way, brutally and savagely. And the most brutal and savage Missourian of all during this time was William "Bloody Bill" Anderson.
This is an outstanding book, although not for the faint-of-heart(as was the war it describes). The only minor fault I found is that too many of the stories about Anderson come from Union sympathizers and sound like it. Of course, this is a limitation with any book written during this time. Not many of these men got a chance to sit down and write their memoirs, so any researcher must take what is available. And the authors present Anderson as they found him; I could detect no particular bias. This is as good a book as I've ever seen about the WFSI in Missouri and I highly recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An in depth study of Missouri's protype guerrilla, 7 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Bloody Bill Anderson: The Short, Savage Life of a Civil War Guerrilla (Hardcover)
I found this book to be an easy to read history of not only Anderson but the circumstances that helped create him. The authors have done an excellent job turning up new information and sifting old information to write a helpful new view of Anderson. The book is well footnoted and contains several never before printed photos including a photo of Anderson's wife, Bush Smith and one of the cord he used to keep track of his kills. This book is a must for anyone interested in the Civil War on the Kansas-Missouri border.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, well represented, throroughly researched book, 6 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Bloody Bill Anderson: The Short, Savage Life of a Civil War Guerrilla (Hardcover)
Once I picked up this book, I could not put it down. Castel and Goodrich did a wonderful job in researching the events that took place in Missouri and Kansas throughout the Civil War. As a previous reviewer had stated, this book is definitely "to the point" and "no holds barred" (not for the squeamish) when it comes to discussing the brutalities that took place against humanity. From robbing banks to kidnapping and brutally beating a wealthy Missourian who gave over 150 slaves their freedom (for those who stayed on, he offered them better pay) to the massacres that took place for those that were either Union soldiers or sympathizers, it was evident that Bill Anderson and his followers had only one mode of operation...that was to inflict as much pain as they could on the region. I never realized how much of a social and economic impact the rogue warriors (Bushwhackers) had on this region. Thanks Castel and Goodrich for a well written, non-biased book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book to Read, 14 Jun 2013
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William Anderson "Will Anderson" (Wirral, England) - See all my reviews
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Overall this volume has excellent coverage of Why and How the guerrilla war events unfolded. It's sometimes the personal reasons for the actions to follow that are overlooked. If the kind of personal situations happened to you - just how would you react?, it is an interesting question indeed.
It is also interesting to hear of his (Bloody Bill's), own thoughts towards the war, by not 'enlisting' in the Confederate forces (which he could easily have done), he appears to have maintained a personal battle against the enemy (of his family), as he saw it.
Also, one must always remain within sight of 'how life was' during those times to have a clear picture of how events happened, no phones, no tv, scant news etc apart from publications such as 'Harpers Weekly' with it's sketches of events.
William T.(apparently the middle name is still unknown - does anyone have any more news of this item? from 'lost records etc'), Anderson just reacted to the events of the day.
An Excellent read for ACW enthuasists.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Bill and Others, 2 Dec 2010
A limited overview of a complex character who displayed both traditional values and extremes in behaviour and treatment of others. He didn't seem to be particularly influenced by the politics of the civil war but more by the personal events surrounding the suffering of his family. What did come across was the complexity of the man sometimes showing kindness and at others extreme cruelty. His charisma made him a natural leader albeit an unpredictable one. Missouri torn asunder as it was at that time, needed heroes and he came across as one of the numerous good/bad guys that people either loved or hated.

The profile of Anderson comprised, I thought, of only a third of the book. Passages describing the James and Younger gangs,and the story of Tom Goodman were informative but but links further down the chain so to speak. Nevertheless I found the book edifying.
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