The 1878 Troubles - Strong, Burnett, Little Feud

Note - The death of Judge Burnett in Jackson during Nov. of 1878 brought the attention of the state and nation to Breathitt County for the second time in less than five years. State guards were sent to Jackson (as they had been in 1873-74) and many larger newspapers sent reporters too. There are hundreds of old articles detailing that feud. From time to time we will add some.


1. Breathitt's Rebellion -- Louisville Commerical - December 8, 1878

2. War In Breathitt! -- Mt. Sterling Democrat - November 27, 1878

3. Jason Little - A Statement From Mr. Little - Dec. 1878

4. The Boys In Breathitt - Tells of state troops camping in Jackson - Dec. 19, 1878

5. Bloody Breathitt - More News From The Mountains - Dec. 20, 1878

6. The Breathitt War - Letters From A Trooper At The Front - Dec. 24, 1878

7. Breathitt's Bad Bill - An interview with Captain Bill Strong - January 6, 1879 (Posted July 20, 2001)

8. Hunting With The Sheriff - The Cavalry As Scouts - Jan. 7, 1879 - posted 9/3/98

9. Winter In The Mountains - A Letter From The Legion - Jan. 8, 1879 - posted 9/3/98