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Camp Nelson

Although initially established as a Union railroad hub and hospital, Camp Nelson evolved to be one of the largest recruiting and training centers for United States Colored Troops. Additionally, the camp served as a refugee camp for these soldiers and their families, many of whom risked their lives to escape the bonds of slavery. It is estimated that by the passage of the 15th amendment over 10,000 USCT enlisted at Camp Nelson, thereby claiming their freedom and fighting for the freedom of those held in bondage.

Camp Nelson: What's Nearby

Nicholasville, KY
Civil War  |  Battlefield
Camp Nelson
Nicholasville, KY
Civil War  |  Historic Site
Camp Nelson
Nicholasville, KY
Civil War  |  Museum
The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Harrodsburg, KY
Civil War  |  Historic Site
Waveland
Lexington, KY
Civil War  |  Museum
Old Fort Harrod State Park
Harrodsburg, KY
Civil War  |  Historic Site
White Hall State Historic House
Richmond, KY
Civil War  |  Historic Site
Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate
Lexington, KY
Civil War  |  Historic Site
Mary Todd Lincoln House
Lexington, KY
Civil War  |  Historical Society
Hunt-Morgan House
Lexington, KY
Civil War  |  Cemetery
Lexington Cemetery
Lexington, KY
Civil War  |  Battlefield
Richmond Battlefield
Richmond, KY
Civil War  |  Historical Society
Friends of Perryville Battlefield
Perryville, KY
Civil War  |  Battlefield
Perryville Battlefield
Perryville, KY
Civil War  |  Historic Site
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
Perryville, KY
Civil War  |  Self-Guided Tour
Battle of Richmond Battlefield Park
Berea, KY
Civil War  |  Self-Guided Tour
Town of Perryville
Perryville, KY

Preservation

The American Battlefield Trust and our members have saved more than 380 acres at Camp Nelson.

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