In response to the MO civil war message board message. Let me just say this, we can take all the census and surveys, and newpapers and geneology and stories and interviews we want into account. However, with some stories in history I've seen time and time again where when you add a bit of a psychological twist by taking into account human emotion and taking a different look at things through their eyes that it really can help to shed a different perspective on things.
I just can't understand why Bloody Bill Anderson and his men would just race into an Ambush. Correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't he and his men be extra cautious with every move? Wouldn't he have spies that rode ahead? If Bill knew he was wanted by the Union and if he knew about an Ambush ahead. And if he knew the Confederacy had lost the war and there was no real reason to fight anymore then why would he even dare to ride on into an Ambush? Why wouldn't he do everything he could to throw off the enemy and get the heck out of Dodge?
I eagerly await your reply Gay, I know it's a different spin on things, but I'm just honest to God curious.