Camp Neslon members join in marker dedication ceremony.
THE SOLDIERS who lost their lives at the Simpsonville Slaughter will be memorialized in a marker dedication ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Whitney M. Young Job Corps Center Gymnasium in Simpsonville.
But what is the Simpsonville Slaughter? The slaughter occurred as Company "E" of the 5th U.S Colored Cavalry drove government cattle from Camp Nelson, in Jessamine County, through snow on their way to Louisville in the winter of 1865.
Without warning, a group of Confederate guerrillas cut them off near Simpsonville and started shooting, murdering the surprised men in cold blood. The dead were buried in an open grave near the massacre site.
In 2008 the Shelby County Historical Society received a $5000 grant from the Kentucky Heritage Council to memorialize and preserve the site of the Simpsonville Slaughter. Ground-penetrating radar has been used to identify, rehabilitate and preserve the mass grave and burial site associated with the ambush. This is preparation for nominating the site to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Camp Nelson Foundation in Jessamine County has contributed to additional fund-raising needed to put up an historical market at the site. The 12th United States Colored Heavy Artillery, which is based at Camp Nelson, will participate in the ceremony, and Camp Nelson site archaeologist Dr. Stephen McBride will be the keynote speaker. Click for Marker Dedication Ceremony flyer .
The 5th United States Colored Cavalry in 1865.
Illustration by Jerry Bingham.Request reprints at firstname.lastname@example.org .
OTHER JESSAMINE NEWS:
Community Vespers at Wilmore Senior Community Center at Wesley Village.
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 3:30 p.m. Dr. Bill Arnold of Asbury Seminary will present the message. Special flute music by Mrs. Susan Arnold. Call (859) 858-3865.
The Kentucky Equine Humance Center Horse of the Week is "Magnify."
See photo at KyEHC Website.
The 4th Annual Nicholasville Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament is January 17 at Lake Mingo and Riney-B Park. Call Lyle at (859) 885-9787. See Ice Bowl Flier.