Mass Grave Cemetery, Simpsonville, Kentucky
Posted by: PersonsMD
N 38° 13.429 W 085° 22.299
16S E 642533 N 4231901
Quick Description: A mass grave for 22 US military troopers slaughtered by Confederate States guerillas in 1865. Buried in a mass grave and now honored by the military grave markers found at this location.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 10/22/2010 5:05:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM9ZJR
A marker noting the slaughter of 22 US military troopers is found at this location and outlines the history of the event.
The text of the marker reads:
“Horrible Massacre” ~ On January 25, 1865, Co. E. 5th United States Colored Cavalry (USCC) attacked by Confederate guerillas while driving herd of 900 cattle to Louisville. About 22 men killed and at least eight severely wounded. Based at camp Nelson, nearly all of the recruits were former slaves. The 5th also fought in 1864 Saltville battles. Given by Camp Nelson Restoration & Preservation Foundation and the 12th USCHA. Reactivated. 2008 Kentucky Historical Society Kentucky Department of Highways 2283
African American Cemetery ~ The 5th USCC troopers killed 1865 Simpsonville slaughter were buried in a mass grave by local residents. Area used as African American cemetery. Members of the Trim #2 United Brothers of Friendship Lodge operated the cemetery until the last member died in 1965. Lodge hall located in Simpsonville. Given by Shelby County Historical Society 2008 Kentucky historical Society Kentucky department of Highways 2283.
City, Town, or Parish / State / Country: Not listed
Approximate number of graves: Not listed
Cemetery Status: Not listed
Cemetery Website: Not listed
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