Each month, The Kentucky
Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from
our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as
many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for
"Letters to the Editor."
Here are actual letters from our June
Owsley County Native And
Legged Friend Enjoy Explorer
Since retiring from the Navy in 1988, I have enjoyed The Kentucky
Explorer very much. I don't know how I would survive without
this fine publication. I look forward to each issue. It keeps
me up on my roots.
I was born and reared on Buffalo Creek in Owsley County, Kentucky.
I joined the Navy on my 17th birthday and remained in the Navy
for 32 years, retiring in 1988. Since retirement I have lived
in Florida. I visit Kentucky at every opportunity, in order to
be near the land that is still so dear to me.
My companion, Powder, enjoys the magazine almost as much as I
do. This shows that your great publication is enjoyed by a large
part of the population, both the two-legged and four-legged variety.
Please keep up the good work, for your efforts are most appreciated.
Wayne Dean, NCCM, USN, RET.
13011 Saint Filagree Drive
Riverview, FL 33569
Wants Old Goose Bean Seeds
I would like to know if anyone out there has any Old Goose bean
seeds to spare. Due to the drought last summer, I lost mine.
I sure would be grateful if I could find some. I will gladly
pay shipping and handling costs.
RR 2 Box 3195
Monticello, KY 42633
Fallen Southerners Finally
Finally, after more than 140 years, the mass grave of 181 Confederate
soldiers in the Richmond Cemetery has a proper tombstone. These
men were killed or died as a result of wounds received at the
Battle of Richmond fought August 29th and 30th, 1862. After the
battle, Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith had to care for more than 4,403
Yankee prisoners. The dead were buried together in the city cemetery,
with plans to erect a stone after the campaign was over. Due
to the retreat from Perryville, the grave was never cared for.
Instead, someone laid a four-inch square brick on the grave with
the words Southern Dead etched in it. Thanks to the John C. Breckinridge
Camp #100, Sons of Confederate Veterans in Lexington, and donations
from all across the Bluegrass, a monument with the names and
units of all 181 men was dedicated at the grave site at 11:00
a.m., Saturday, October 12, 2002. S. C. V. members from at least
four states were in attendance, as well as members of several
local historical societies. The Southerners destroyed the Union
Army at Richmond, yet it was they who suffered the worst defeat.
At least now, with the marker, people will know that they are
buried there. May their sacrifice never be forgotten again.
Thank you for providing, what I believe is, an invaluable service
to the people of Kentucky and descendants of Kentuckians everywhere.
Our culture, heritage, and our way of life are quickly disappearing
from the face of the earth. I am deeply grateful for your efforts
to revive and to remember our heritage through this wonderful
publication. I am putting the final touches on a book about the
August 1862 Battle of Richmond. I recently learned of an article
on the Battle of Richmond printed on page 47 of the July/August
1993 issue. I would like to purchase a copy of this magazine
or just a copy of the article, if possible.
Michael J. Gabbard
8187 Jamaica Road
Germantown, OH 45327-8759