This is the long-awaited story of Captain
Bill Strong of Civil War fame and the feudal era of "Bloody
Breathitt" County history.
Written by Kentucky Explorer Assistant
Editor, David W. Strong, and his father, Sam Strong, Jr., the
book was finally published in early 2001 and is now available
again (in limited quantity) by
mail in its second printing.
book tells the story of Captain Bill Strong based on stories
handed down through the Strong Family.
The authors are direct descendants of Captain
Bill, as follows:
- Thomas Strong
- Rev. William Strong
- Col. Edward Strong
- William "Capt. Bill"
- Edward "Neddy" Strong
- Samuel Strong
- Samuel Strong, Jr.
- David W. Strong
(Courier-Journal, January 6, 1879)
book is NOT a genealogy collection of the Strong family,
although some data is included on Captain Bill's immediate family.
A genealogy project is in the works, however, and will be ready
in the near future.
Bill summed up the conditions of his own fate, like a fortune-teller.
Here are his own words, taken from a rare newspaper interview:
"I do not intend to run, and
I know as well as I am now alive that nothing will satisfy them
until they kill me, and several other citizens. I do not intend
to seek a fight, but will do as I have done, heretofore; defend
myself when I am attacked and give them all I've got. There is
no use for me to be backward about it. They are thirsting for
my blood and will shed it as soon as they can." (- Captain
Get your copy of At
Rest Among Thorns today. Send a $20.00 check
or money order (includes shipping & handling) to :
Samuel Strong, Jr., 318 Sulphur
Gap Road, Saldee, KY 41339