Simpsonville Slaughter (Simpsonville, KY)
In January 1865, Company E of the 5th United States Colored Cavalry (USCC) was taking a herd of 1,000 cattle from Camp Nelson to Louisville, KY, when they were ambushed by a band of Confederate guerrillas near Simpsonville, KY. It was estimated that between 22-35 of the soldiers were murdered and later buried in a mass grave. In 2008, the Shelbyville Historical Society received a Lincoln Preservation Grant of $5,000 to identify and preserve the burial site. A historical marker was placed at the site in 2009. For more see The 5th USCC at Simpsonville, KY website; Kentucky.gov press release, "Three projects awarded Kentucky African American Heritage Commission Lincoln Preservation Grants," 03/05/2008, Diane Comer; and J. McDanald, "Marker revives memory of Simpsonville Slaughter," Lexington Herald-Leader, 01/21/09, Communities section, p.B1 & B3.