President designates Camp Nelson & Mill Springs Battlefield National Monuments

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UPDATE: (03/12/19)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ)-President Trump signed into law the Natural Resources Management Act that recognizes Camp Nelson in Jessamine County and Mill Springs Battlefield in Pulaski County as National Monuments.

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Mill Springs Battlefield in Nancy, Kentucky, was the site of the Union’s first significant victory in the Civil War in 1862.

Camp Nelson became Kentucky’s top recruiting station and training facility for the Union’s African-American soldiers in the Civil War.  In later years, those seeking freedom from slavery fled to the camp.

The measure was signed into law Tuesday during a ceremony in the Oval Office.  The legislation also helps combat the Asian Carp problem in Kentucky waterways.



WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County will be designated a National Monument once President Trump signs the comprehensive federal lands package into law.

The designation will ensure Camp Nelson’s rich history will be preserved for future generations.

Camp Nelson was established in 1863 in Jessamine County.  It would become Kentucky’s top recruiting station and training facility for the Union’s African-American soldiers in the Civil War.  In later years, those seeking freedom from slavery fled to the camp.

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