The Rowan County War Collection consists of research materials related to the Tolliver - Martin Feud which occurred from 1884 to 1887 in and about Morehead, Kentucky.

The origin of the Rowan County War, also known as the Martin-Tolliver Feud, can be traced back to the controversial election of Thomas F. Hargis as circuit judge in 1874 and the Underwood-Holbrook Feud which occurred from 1877 to 1879. The conflict between the Martins and Tollivers began in August of 1884 during a tightly contested race for Rowan County sheriff. What ensued was a series of brutal murders, deadly gun battles and three years of lawlessness in the county. The feud ended in June 22, 1887 when the Tollivers were surrounded at a hotel and tavern in Morehead by a posse of over one hundred men led by Boone Logan. After the gunfight, most of the members of the Tolliver faction were killed and peace was eventually restored to the county.

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Submissions from 1874

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The Revenue License , Maysville Tri-Weekly Eagle (June 23, 1874)

Submissions from 1877

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The Bloody Ground , Cincinnati Daily Star (June 21, 1877)

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Insurrection in Kentucky , Hickman Courier (July 20, 1877)

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Carter's War: The Trial of the Underwoods and Holbrooks , Hickman Courier (July 20, 1877)

Submissions from 1879

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Sketch of the Life of Judge Hargis , Breckenridge News (May 14, 1879)

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Impeachment Threatened , Hickman Courier (May 23, 1879)

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The Crowning Infamy , Breckenridge News (May 28, 1879)

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Judge Hargis , Farmers' Home Journal (June 12, 1879)

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War in Kentucky , Hickman Courier (June 13, 1879)

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Judge Hargis Speaks , Hickman Courier (June 20, 1879)

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Tom Green's Suit , Hickman Courier (June 27, 1879)

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Rowan's Records , Hickman Courier (August 22, 1879)

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The War in Carter County , Cincinnati Daily Star (September 10, 1879)

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War in Kentucky , Memphis Daily Appeal (September 13, 1879)

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The Underwood Vendetta , Hickman Courier (September 26, 1879)

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A Family Feud , Chicago Tribune (October 14, 1879)

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The Underwoods , Hickman Courier (October 17, 1879)

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The Underwoods , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (October 21, 1879)

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Meanest Killing Ever Recorded , Hickman Courier (October 24, 1879)

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Spirit of the Press , Cincinnati Daily Star (October 30, 1879)

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Lawlessness in Kentucky , New York Times (November 11, 1879)

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Ft. Underwood, of Carter. An Amazing Story of a Feud in the Kentucky Mountains , Sycamore True Republican (December 3, 1879)

Submissions from 1880

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1880s Photograph of Morehead , Unknown (January 1, 1880)

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Allie & William Young (image) , Allie Young and William Young (January 1, 1880)

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Young Family (image) , Young Family (January 1, 1880)

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Ft. Underwood, of Carter , New Ulm Review (May 19, 1880)

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Kentuck KuKlux , Hickman Courier (June 4, 1880)

Submissions from 1881

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Argument of Hon. Henry L. Stone in the Case of Thomas M. Green vs. Thomas F. Hargis , Charles A. Graham (January 1, 1881)

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Singular Murder Trial , Chicago Tribune (March 25, 1881)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (May 1881) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (May 1, 1881)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (November 1881) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (November 1, 1881)

Submissions from 1882

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (August 1882) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1882)

Submissions from 1883

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (August 1883) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1883)

Submissions from 1884

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Witness Testimony to the Events of August 4, 1884 , Unknown (January 1, 1884)

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A Disgraceful Affair , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (April 16, 1884)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (August 1884) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1884)

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Bloody Election Day , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (August 6, 1884)

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Local Elections , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (August 8, 1884)

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Morehead Ky., Dec. 2 , Louisville Courier-Journal (December 3, 1884)

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Floyd Tolliver and John Martin , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (December 5, 1884)

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Kentucky Regulators , Chicago Tribune (December 11, 1884)

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Rowan County Row , Louisville Courier-Journal (December 12, 1884)

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Riddled with Bullets , Daily Cairo Bulletin (December 12, 1884)

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Special Dispatch from Morehead , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (December 23, 1884)

Submissions from 1885

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They Robbed the Safe , Louisville Courier-Journal (January 31, 1885)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (February 1885) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (February 1, 1885)

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Feared Their Testimony , Louisville Courier-Journal (February 11, 1885)

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A Lawless Officer , Louisville Courier-Journal (February 24, 1885)

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Bowling's Victim Dies , Louisville Courier-Journal (February 25, 1885)

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Mr. Z. T. Young , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (March 10, 1885)

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Another Victim Falls , Louisville Courier-Journal (March 17, 1885)

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Deputy Sheriff Stewart Bumgarten , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (March 18, 1885)

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Shooting of Col. Z. T. Young , Hazal Green Herald (March 18, 1885)

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A Dispatch from Lexington , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (March 20, 1885)

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On War's Brink , Louisville Courier-Journal (March 30, 1885)

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Riot in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 2, 1885)

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Rowan's Rumpus , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 3, 1885)

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A Reign of Lawlessness: A Whole Kentucky County Murderously Mad Over an Election Wrangle --- Serious Results , Bloomington Weekly Pantagraph (April 3, 1885)

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The Rowan County War , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 4, 1885)

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Riotous Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 4, 1885)

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Commission Reports , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 4, 1885)

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The Rowan County (Ky.) War , Chicago Tribune (April 4, 1885)

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An Armistice , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 5, 1885)

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Rowan's Easter , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 6, 1885)

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Representatives , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (April 7, 1885)

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The Rowan County Troubles , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (April 7, 1885)

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All Quiet in Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 8, 1885)

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Rowan Regulators , Hazel Green Herald (April 8, 1885)

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From Rowan County , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 12, 1885)

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Rowing Rowan , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 15, 1885)

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Speaks for Himself , Louisville Courier-Journal (April 17, 1885)

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Ed Pierce , Hazel Green Herald (June 3, 1885)

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Judge and Juries at Mt. Sterling Enforcing the Law , Louisville Courier-Journal (June 11, 1885)

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Continued Outlawry: More Trouble for Rowan , Hickman Courier (June 26, 1885)

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Lively Times in Kentucky , New York Times (June 29, 1885)

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The Martin Tolliver War , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (June 30, 1885)

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Rowing in Rowan , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (July 3, 1885)

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The Dogs of War: The Rowan County War Breaks Out Afresh , Hickman Courier (July 3, 1885)

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Soldiers at Rowan County Courthouse (Photograph) , Norman Wells (July 4, 1885)

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The Rowan County War: Two Factions Thirsting for each other's Blood , New York Times (July 6, 1885)

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All Quiet in Rowan , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 8, 1885)

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Rowing Rowan , Hazel Green Herald (July 8, 1885)

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Feudalism in Kentucky , New York Times (July 8, 1885)

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The War in Rowan , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (July 10, 1885)

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The Kentucky Vendetta: How the Feud in Rowan County Originated , New York Times (July 11, 1885)

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Rowan County Diversions , Chicago Tribune (July 13, 1885)

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The Rowan-County War , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (July 14, 1885)

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Kentucky's Noted Outlaw , Chicago Tribune (July 23, 1885)

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Trial Of Craig Tolliver , Semi-Weekly Interior Journal (July 24, 1885)

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Justice Twarted , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (July 24, 1885)

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Defending Law-Breakers , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (July 30, 1885)

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Rowan County Circuit Court Ordinary Docket (August 1885) , Rowan County (Ky.) Circuit Court (August 1, 1885)

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How the Mighty Fallen , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (October 12, 1885)

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Craig Tolliver's Trial , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (October 21, 1885)

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Craig Tolliver , Hazel Green Herald (October 21, 1885)

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Two Opinions , Maysville Daily Evening Bulletin (November 11, 1885)

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Craig Tolliver Not Dead , Monmouth Evening Gazette (December 12, 1885)

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Murdered in Bed , New York Times (December 27, 1885)

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A Notorious Desperado Shot , Monmouth Evening Gazette (December 28, 1885)

Submissions from 1886

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Craig Tolliver Shot , Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian (January 1, 1886)