The Tale of the Devil: The Biography of Devil Anse Hatfield by Coleman HatfieldThe first biography of Devil Anse Hatfield, written by great grandson Dr. Coleman Hatfield and noted historian Robert Y. Spence, will be published this summer. The Tale of the Devil is the story of Hatfield patriarch Devil Anse Hatfield, beginning with his childhood in frontier Appalachia; it also covers his Civil War days as a noted confederate soldier. The 320-pages will also enlighten the reader of the true story of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, the killings, and the post-feud years for this character of American History.
William Hatfield sympathized with the south, and during the  Civil War he formed a fighting unit that he called  "The Logan Wildcats. William Hatfield was thought to have been involved, but had been home ill at the time of the killing. This is believed to have started the beginning of the  Hatfield and McCoy feud, between the two families that claimed many lives on both sides. The second recorded instance of violence in the feud, occurred 13 years later  with a court case. Another cousin, Preacher Anse Hatfield, the local justice of the peace, presided over the trial.
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William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, Sr.
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Old Randall died of burns from a fire in the home of his nephew on March 28, He was Devil Anse would live another 7 years after Old Randall's death. He died on January 6, of pneumonia at the age of To this day his funeral ranks as the largest attended funeral in Logan County, West Virginia. His death was reported in newspapers as far away as Tokyo. His grave has now been dedicated as a National Monument.
William Anderson Hatfield September 9, — January 6, —known as Devil Anse Hatfield —was the patriarch of the Hatfield clan during the infamous Hatfield—McCoy feud which has since formed part of American folklore. Devil Anse survived the feud and agreed to end it in He was commissioned a First Lieutenant of Cavalry in the Virginia State Line in , a group made to protect the territory along the Kentucky-Virginia border where resident loyalties to the North and South were mixed. His unit spent most of its time patrolling the border area against bushwhackers sympathetic to the Union as well as engaging in guerrilla warfare against Union soldiers. Devil Anse himself has been connected to battles and killings of several Union fighters, including trackers Ax and Fleming Hurley in Hatfield had been home ill at the time of the killing, which was probably committed at the instigation of his uncle, Jim Vance.