The men of the 5th United States Colored Cavalry (USCC) buttoned up tight and moved through the snow, half in front, half in the rear of some 900 cattle they were taking to Louisville.
The date was Jan. 25, 1865. It was a cold morning to be out driving livestock across Kentucky. The regiment was made up of around 80 soldiers, most of whom had joined the military as a way out of slavery.
It was winter, the cold was to be expected, but the attack that was suddenly waged on them was not.