To The Editor, Mountain Echo
January 23, 1898
Will you please publish the following in your valuable and interesting paper?
On the 23rd of January, "Sunday," a party composed of the following, including the writer, visited the Pinnacle of Cumberland Gap, near Middlesboro, Kentucky: Henry McRunery and A. O. J. Morrison, Middlesboro; J. R. Kidd and J. S. Beaman, Big Stone Gap, Virginia; and D. J. Kidd, Sturgeon, Kentucky.
We went all over the forts on top of the Pinnacle, also the place where the famous brass cannon, "Long Tom," was planted. We made search for "Long Tom," which is reported to have been buried on top of the Pinnacle when the Confederate troops abandoned the forts on top of the mountain, but failed to find it. Instead, we found other relics of the war, including the following: cannon balls, "Minnie" balls, musket balls, gun locks, musket straps, bullets, buckles, an old fork handle, a spoon, a coffee mill handle, gun springs, gun bands, gun rings, grape shot, musket screws, and more.
Even if we did not find "Long Tom," we were well-repaid for our trip. All returned at three in the evening, tired and hungry.
-- D. J. Kidd