The Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table
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The topic is: “Centralia ‘Massacre’ in Missouri, 9-27-1864” with speaker: Frank Crawford, author and history instructor. On this date Confederate William “Bloody Bill” Anderson and his band of guerillas stopped a train outside of Centralia, Missouri and shot and mutilated 22 unarmed Union soldiers. Here is an example of the intense violence directed against noncombatants that characterized the Missouri-Kansas border war.