Letters To The Editor

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 May 2011

Tompkinsville National
Cemetery, Monroe Co., Ky.

Dear Editor:
I am looking for information on the Tompkinsville National Cemetery which was a military cemetery located in Tompkinsville, Monroe County, Kentucky, during the Civil War.
Soldiers were brought to Tomp-kinsville from all over Southcentral Kentucky and buried in this cemetery. In 1867 the cemetery was moved to the new Nashville National Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. Apparently, the cemetery in Tomp-kinsville was very small, and it was decided to move the soldiers to the larger cemetery.
I believe a few soldiers, with local relatives, were left in the Tomp-kinsville cemetery, and it later became a public cemetery, known today as the Old Soldiers Cemetery, which contains 24 Civil War soldiers and veterans.
If anyone has any information, feel free to contact me.
Chad Comer
P. O. Box 99
Gamaliel, KY 42140

Thanks For Sharing Seeds
Dear Editor:
I recently subscribed to The Kentucky Explorer and enjoy it very much.
I would like to thank Calvin Samons of Barlett, Tennessee, for sharing the muskmelon seeds that belonged to his grandmother, Bessie.
Mary Salamore
4309 Forsythe Drive
Lexington, KY 40514

Lindsey Family Information Available
Dear Editor:
I have information on a Lindsey family that my sister collected on her husband's line.
Any readers researching the Lindsey family are welcome to send me a short family line of theirs, and if the lines match, I will send the material I have for the cost of the postage. I have a two-inch notebook of information.
The first matching response gets the material.
No phone calls, please.
Effie B. Foster
122 Varsity Circle
Arlington, TX 76013

Searching For Old Guitar
Dear Editor:
I am very interested in locating a guitar I owned in 1945, when I was 17 years old. I went into service and was away for most of the next five years and then married and have lived in New Jersey ever since.
My parents moved from Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky, to Indiana, and I never knew what happened to my guitar.
The guitar was a Kay brand. When I was about 11, I attempted to tattoo a Hawaiian dancer behind the bridge of the guitar with a fountain pen. I would sure like to make contact with anyone owning or having seen this guitar.
I sure hope this guitar is in someone's belongings. It would mean so much to me if I could locate it. Any and all leads will be followed up.
Erb James Thorpe
183 Chatham Avenue
Oakhurst, NJ 07755

These are just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.