For that theory to work, one would have to believe that every item used to identify Bill's body was in his saddlebags. At that time, most personal items were carried in the inside breast pocket of a man's coat. (Where do you carry your wallet -- in your pocket or in the glove compartment of your car?) The report submitted by Cox specifically lists items found on Bill's BODY, and then goes on to mention other items. One of the Federal soldiers (I don't have a copy of his interview handy) that helped retrieve those items also mentions taking them from Bill's body. The twenty-some men with Bill all believed him to have been killed there.
The entire W. C. Anderson claim is ludicrous for a multitude of reasons -- as I said in a much earlier post:
One must first ignore the well-documented evidence that:
1..William T. "Bloody Bill" Anderson was killed Oct. 26, 1864 near Albany, Missouri.
2..William T. Anderson and William C. Anderson were two entirely different men.
One must then accept the following scenario:
1..Anderson, through ESP, Divine revelation or sheer animal instinct, was aware that the Feds had set up an ambush.
2..He allowed (or sent) his men to ride into that ambush.
3..One of his men (let's call him "Johnny") was a dead ringer for Anderson.
4..Through aforementioned ESP, he knew Johnny would be killed.
5.."Hey Johnny – take my horse & tack, money (some $500 to $600), coat with my wife's picture and other identifying items in the pockets, and lead the charge. The rest of you men – when Johnny gets killed, be sure to say he is me. Now be off to battle – as for me, I no longer thirst for vengence. Even though I haven't any money, I'm taking Johnny's horse and getting out of here."
6..After getting word to his aunt to identify Johnny as Bloody Bill, he rode to Texas.
7..Once in Texas, he not only failed to rejoin his wife, but married another woman, bought a farm, built a house and lived out his life as a peaceful, law-abiding farmer.
Every telemarketer in the country would love to have the phone numbers of those gullible enough to believe that story.
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