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 November
Searching For Article
On Dynamite Shack Explosion
I enjoy The Kentucky Explorer very much. I look forward to each
A few years ago there was an article in the magazine about a
dynamite shack exploding. Along with the article was a photo
of Mary Alexander and some of her children. I think there was
a building, maybe a barn, shown in the background. There was
also a small photo of the dynamite shack prior to its being destroyed.
Two of Mary's sons were in the shack when it exploded. This lady
was related to my mother, Rose Margaret Alexander Jackson.
I think Mary lived in the Jackson County area.
My issue that contained this article came up missing. Perhaps
someone borrowed it and forgot to bring it back.
I would really appreciate a copy of the issue that contains this
article. I will gladly pay the costs.
Thanks for a great magazine. Keep up the good work.
91 Davidson Road
McKee, KY 40447
More On Colonel W. R. Cook,
A Notorious Counterfeiter
In the September 2013 issue of The Kentucky Explorer was an article
by an unknown author written in 1879, regarding Col. W. R. Cook.
The author says Colonel Cook was a Lieutenant Colonel of the
Eighth Tennessee during the War Between the States. This is not
Lt. Col. W. R. Cook was in the Second East Tennessee Cavalry
Regi-ment. He was enrolled September 1, 1862. After service at
the Battle of Stones River, Tullahoma, and the Battle of Chickamauga
(Georgia), he was placed in charge of a detail escorting prisoners
and wagons to Bridgeport (Alabama) in September 1863.
Col. D. M. Ray of the Second Tennessee Cavalry filed charges
against Lieutenant Colonel Cook in November 1863, stating that
Cook had provided whiskey to the troopers during the escort to
Bridgeport in September. Colonel Cook was dishonorably discharged
briefly for gross neglect of duty and general inefficiency by
Special Field Order No. 295 on November 6, 1863. This order was
revoked November 10, 1963, by Special Field Order No. 310.
During the Battle of Okolona (Mississippi) Lt. Colonel Cook was
severely wounded in the back of his neck and was captured, while
commanding the rear of the rear guard. He was paroled at Charleston,
South Carolina, on August 3, 1864. He reported to Nicholasville,
Jessa-mine County, Kentucky, as ordered by General Foster on
August 12, 1864. He rejoined the regiment in time for the Battle
of Nashville (Tennessee) which took place December 15-16, 1864.
He served until he mustered out on July 6, 1865.
95 Lutie Street
Nashville, TN 37210
Recalling Mountain Life
Thanks for the history of our lives in the mountains. Some folks
call the mountains hills. Well, they can call it what they want,
but where I lived in Lawrence County, Kentucky, the hills were
more like mountains. I now live in the hills and Kentucky people
call these hills banks which border the river valley in Springfield,
I lived in the mountains until I was 18 years old. We dug our
own coal. We grew our food and made our clothes. If we ate it,
we grew it. If we wore it, we made it.
What helped me was that I did alterations for 20 years. I liked
altering cloth, so that helped my kids through school and college.
Thanks to The Kentucky Explorer I have located a girl I hadn't
seen in 71 years.
Thanks so much for keeping the history of Kentucky true. Those
who are city born and reared in another state cannot know what
it was like to be reared in Kentucky.
543 E. County Line Road
Springfield, OH 45512
Editor's Note: Nancy Fyffe will turn 92 years old on December
30, 2013. The Explorer appreciates her contributions throughout
the years to the magazine.
just samples of the many letters in each issue of The Explorer.