“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Pound Gap in Letcher County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Pound Gap Massacre

Pound Gap Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
1. Pound Gap Massacre Marker
Inscription. About 500 yards southeast of Pound Gap, along the Fincastle Trail (Virginia side) is the location of the infamous “killing rock” where the Mullinsí family and friends were massacred on May 14, 1892. Five people were killed: Ira Mullins, his wife, Louranza Mullins, Wilson Mullins, John Chappel and Greenberry Harris. Two escaped: Jane Mullins and John H. Mullins. Marshall “Doc” Taylor, Henan Fleming, and Cal Fleming were charged with their murder. “Doc” Taylor was convicted and hung. Cal was shot and killed. Henan was acquitted.
Location. 37° 9.327′ N, 82° 38.023′ W. Marker is in Pound Gap, Kentucky, in Letcher County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 23, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. It is just inside the Kentucky state line, at the Civil War Memorial. Parking is available at the memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Jenkins KY 41537, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brothers Once More (a few steps from this marker); Caudillís Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Wise County / Kentucky (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line in Virginia); Pound Gap
Pound Gap Massacre Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 17, 2015
2. Pound Gap Massacre Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away in Virginia); a different marker also named Pound Gap (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pound Gap Engagement (approx. 0.6 miles away in Virginia); The Crooked Road (approx. 0.6 miles away in Virginia); Daniel Webster Dotson (approx. 0.6 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Pound Gap.
Also see . . .  The Pound Gap Massacre. “The United States Marshall for the western district of Virginia had appointed Dr. Marshall Benton Taylor his deputy for Wise County, and Doc had at once inaugurated a campaign against the many moonshiners then infesting that mountainous country. It was while in this service and in the endeavors to capture a wagon load of contraband whiskey that Doc Taylor and Ira Mullins met. Prior to this day Ira Mullins, an old offender, and his associates attempted to pass through Wise Courthouse with a wagon load of unstamped liquor, and Taylor with a posse, hurriedly summoned, captured the wagon. Perhaps 250 shots were exchanged in the streets of Wise Courthouse before the wagon was seized and the moonshiners routed. There was one dead man, the driver, and many wounded. Taylor lost his government position, but Mullins never forgave him, and between the two was a bitter feeling of hatred and resentment which called forth mutual threats and challenges. Soon another meeting of these two men and another wagon load of whiskey, would bring about an end to both their lives.” (Submitted on November 21, 2015.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 116 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the killing rock. There is a marker there that should be submitted on its own page • Can you help?
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