Books About Kentucky by Harry Enoch
Broad- brush history is for those writers declaring world trends, though the truth is often in the detail, and obscuring detail can get you in trouble (just ask Robert McNamara and everyone sure that Vietnam was a metaphoric domino). Harry Enoch is in the details, and we are glad of it.
Dr. Enoch is a local historian, and I am pleased to present four of his books for those who want to get a feel for our region.
In addition, Dr. Enoch is one of several people working on the history of Dry Ridge, an abandoned African- American community located in the middle of the farm, founded in 1863 by Moses Robinson, a “free man of color.”
If you are going to visit, or if you are a “local,” I recommend these titles.
For more information on each title, scroll down this page.
Women at Fort Boonesborough 1775-1784
In 1775, pioneers arrived at “the western waters,” the banks of the Kentucky River, and Daniel Boone selected the site for the fort which bears his name, Ft. Boonesborough. We know of at least two women that were part of this trek, Boone’s daughter, Susannah Hays, and Richard Callaway’s enslaved African-American servant, Dolly.
Women and slaves were a generative part of this first settlement. Dr. Enoch does his best to find out about these unrecognized people, and to tell us about them in a clear, factual way.
“Captain Billy Bush and the Bush Settlement”
I’m a cousin to the Bushes, and grew up hearing about “Captain Billy.” Captain William Bush was a Virginian, who came to Boonesborough with Daniel Boone in 1775. Once the area was considered safe from Indian attacks, he crossed the river into Clark County, Kentucky, and laid claim to thousands of acres of land between Winchester and the Kentucky River. Daniel Boone ran his surveys. My multiple great grandfather, Lewis Grigsby, was an early member of the settlement, as was my great grandmother’s family, the Quisenberrys. Thus, while it is easy to understand my interest in the material, the more general reader can get a feel for the characters who were the first permanent settlers in Kentucky.
“In Search of Morgan’s Station”
The April 6, 1793 issue of the Kentucky Gazette reported, “On Monday evening last, Morgan’s Station on Slate Creek was taken and burnt by a party of thirty-five Indians.” Tradition has it that the capture of Morgan’s Station near Mt. Sterling was the “last Indian raid in Kentucky.” This book tells the story of that raid, and also describes in some detail the early settlement of Clark and Montgomery counties.
A remarkable set of Kentucky pioneer accounts was assembled by Rev. John D. Shane, who conducted numerous interviews with aging settlers in Central Kentucky. They told of their adventures coming out to this new country, America’s first western frontier, and many recounted their clashes with Native Americans, often in graphic detail. Shane recorded their stories in plain language that includes a wealth of valuable information about everyday life in the wilderness that was then Kentucky. This volume includes Shane’s interviews in Clark County.