Centralia Battle/Massacre

Centralia marker

Marker on the Centralia battlefield

The battlefield park is located south of Centralia just off North Rangeline Road

On Sept 27, 1864, Confederate guerrillas under “Bloody Bill” Anderson rode into Centralia with the intention of robbing a train on the North Missouri Railroad. After terrorizing the town and robbing a stagecoach, the raiders stopped a passenger train, robbed it and shot and killed 22 unarmed Union soldiers and a civilian on the train. Armed Union soldiers arrived shortly after and took off after the guerrilla band. They rode into a trap. The guerrillas ambushed the small Union force, killing 120 more Federal soldiers. Frank James rode with Anderson that day. He probably was joined by his brother, Jesse, and Cole Younger.
    A monument and marker commemorating both the battle and massacre is located in City Park. A small park commenorating the battle is located south of town. It’s open daylight hours.