Robert W. Frizzell Discusses A Little-Known Civil War Massacre: 'Bloody Bill' Anderson

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For Immediate Release:
August 6, 2009
Contact: Paul Smith
Robert W. Frizzell Discusses A Little-Known Civil War Massacre: 'Bloody Bill' Anderson

The Kansas City Public Library hosts Robert W. Frizzell for a presentation called A Little-Known Civil War Massacre: ‘Bloody Bill’ Anderson among the Lafayette County Germans on Sunday, August 16, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Comprised largely of free-state sympathizers, the German community of Concordia in Lafayette County contained more slaves than any other Missouri county. During the Civil War, the settlement became a target of a guerilla band led by “Bloody Bill” Anderson. Despite wartime travails, Concordia prospered amidst the agricultural and transportation changes of the post-war decades.


Frizzell is director of libraries at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. His book, Independent Immigrants: A Settlement of Hanoverian Germans in Western Missouri won a Governor’s Book Award from the Missouri Humanities Council in 2008.


This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Speakers Series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may

RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.

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