He Visited Bill Anderson's Grave















 



Jim Cummins, the Guerrilla (pg60)

Published in 1908 by Jim Cummins

He Visited Bill Anderson's Grave

On The 26th day of February 1908 I visited the grave of Bill Anderson at Richmond, Mo. While I was fixing up the grave to put some flowers on it, an old colored lady came along. She asked me what I was doing. I told her that I was fixing up Anderson's grave. She said she stood by and seen him buried. She told me that right east of his grave was the place where two Federal soldiers were buried. She said when Bill Anderson was buried she and several other southern women helped to put some flowers on his grave. A short time after this, when the flowers had dried up, Colonel King, of the 13th Missouri Regiment, came along with his men and set fire and burned them, all the while cursing the women who had placed them there. Prof. Dunn came along then and as he was a friend of Anderson, he placed stones on his grave and caused me to think when I arrived in Sherman, Texas with three or four of Anderson's men in advance of the company and went to Mrs. Smith's house, the mother of Bill Anderson's wife. and when Mr. John Moppin, who had been wounded in the fight in which Anderson was killed and we had taken through to Sherman, told Mrs. Smith and Bill's wife of the death of Bill Anderson, the wife cried all night and almost went into hysterics. After the long and tiresome traveling which we had just done, we were very dirty and tired and some of the men were even lousy and so we told Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Smith that we would go because we were not fit to sleep in her house. But they would not let us leave and soon had beds made down on the parlor floor for us and made us sleep there in the house, as dirty as we were. They were even then afraid we would get up and leave so they locked all the doors.

 

 



 




 

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