William Anderson Hatfield (September 9, 1839 – January 6, 1921) — known as Devil Anse Hatfield — was the patriarch of the Hatfield clan during the infamous Hatfield–McCoy feud which has since formed a part of American folklore. Devil Anse himself survived the feud and agreed to end it in 1891.
Hatfield was born in Logan, Virginia (now Logan, West Virginia), the son of Ephraim Hatfield, of English descent, and Nancy Vance.
His nickname “Devil Anse” has a variety of supposed origins: it was given to him by his mother; by Randolph McCoy; earned from his bravery during battle in the American Civil War; or as contrast to his good-tempered cousin, Anderson “Preacher Anse” Hatfield.
A Southern sympathizer, Hatfield formed a Confederate guerrilla fighting unit during the Civil War that he named “The Logan Wildcats.”
In 1865, he was suspected of having been involved in the murder of his rival…
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