JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park was established in June 1863 by order of President Abraham Lincoln as a Supply Depot and training center for the Union Troops. African American refugees came to Camp Nelson seeking freedom and many were impressed into the service of the US Army.
In February 1864, over 200 African-American men marched to from Danville, Kentucky to Camp Nelson and demanded to be allowed to enlist in the US Army. Depot officials contacted their superiors and were told to enlist them in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and grant them their emancipation.
More African American refugees came to Camp Nelson Supply Depot than any other place during the Civil War. It also become the largest enlistment center for the USCT in Kentucky, making it the third largest enlistment center for African American troops in the nation at that time.
The supply depot also was the site of a large Army hospital with 8 doctors and 50 nurses that treated over 700 patients in the General Nelson Hospital. Over 300 family members also came with the soldiers to Camp Nelson as refugees.
During it’s three years of operation during the Civil War, Camp Nelson acted as a supply depot and distributed over 2 million items to Union troops in the south and east.
Celebrate the living history of Camp Nelson during their Civil War Days event on September 15th and 16th. Enjoy family friendly, Civil War era games, music and historical tours, as well as interactive presentations for all ages.
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