I appreciate your concern about the use of the name "bushwhacker". As a student of the Civil War in Missouri and the country, the term was used by both sides. Partisan rangers and guerrilla fighters were also terms used for Missourians fighting. It is easy to fall into the trap of becoming "politically correct" simply to exclude terminology which was period correct and even used by their own side about their own. The name Bushwhacker was used by the family and other Phelps county people who were very supportive to Bill during the war. Those men in Phelps County who were trying to capture or kill Bill and his men, were using the same terms and others which we would blush to use here. I'm sorry you are uncomfortable with the term but I am not. It is not a matter of disrespect or indifference, it is who he was. If anything, it was applied to him for the fear he perpetuated and the ferocious behavior he had towards his enemy. The family, for those who wish to weigh in, can only speak for themselves.