Colin, I would like to add to Linda's gracious timeline, which, as it is, proves who was/was not Bloody Bill, without using "sheer human psychology" and fictional imigination.
1. March 2 1864 Lieut. William T Anderson and Miss Bush Smith applied for a marriage liscense in Grayson Co TX, in the County clerk's office, signed by S Bostick, Clerk of the County Court, by Lum (Sum ?) Johnson, Deputy
2. March 3, 1864 William Anderson and Bush Smith were married by M.Y. Brockett
3. March 5, 1864 document was filed by M.Y. Brockett, M.G.
4. From the Handbook of Texas;
"In the winter of 1863 Quantrill led his band into Texas, where the men fell under the command of Gen. Henry E. McCulloch.qv In the reorganization that followed their muster into the Confederate Army, Anderson was elected first lieutenant, but he soon broke with Quantrill and deserted the army to rejoin his mistress, one Bush Smith, at Sherman. From there Quantrill chased Anderson to Bonham, where Anderson informed McCulloch that Quantrill was robbing civilians. Thereupon McCulloch ordered Quantrill to report to him at his headquarters and arrested him. When Quantrill made good his escape, McCulloch ordered his return, dead or alive, and Anderson and his gang joined in the pursuit. After some skirmishing between the two bands of bushwhackers, Quantrill escaped across the Red River.
In 1864 Anderson returned to raiding in Kansas and Missouri"
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Carl W. Breihan, Quantrill and His Civil War Guerrillas (Denver: Sage, 1959). John P. Burch, Charles W. Quantrell (Vega, Texas, 1923). Albert Castel, William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Times (New York: Fell, 1962). William Elsey Connelley, Quantrill and the Border Wars (New York: Pageant, 1909; rpt. 1956). W. C. Stewart, "Bill Anderson, Guerrilla," Texas Monthly, April 1929.
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