#51 Horse Thieves Simstown, Kentucky August 10, 1863

Simstown, Ky. Aug. 10, 1863


A band of Northern scouts completely disrupted a small Southern military camp, when they set fire to the tents and stampeded the Confederates horses. The Union soldiers accidently stumbled upon the small outpost as they rode through the country, returning to their division after a scouting mission. One of the Northern soldiers set fire to the camp while the others released the horses from the Confederate corral. The cries of the Northern soldiers awakened the Rebels and they rushed out after their enemies. Discovering that their horses were gone, the Southern soldiers picked up rifles and fired at the Union scouts. The Northern soldiers fled, returning to their troops and telling their comrades about the raid.