Camp Nelson National Monument

National Park Service, Kentucky.

The US Army established Camp Nelson as a fortified base and supply depot during the Civil War. It became a large recruitment and training center for African American soldiers (USCTs), and a refugee camp for their wives and children, and civilians fleeing war. enslaved people escaped to here with the hope of securing freedom and controlling their futures by aiding in the destruction of slavery.


Camp Nelson National Monument is located along US 27 about 20 miles south of Lexington, Kentucky, 6 miles south of Nicholasville on US 27, and 16 miles north of Danville, KY on US 27. The Park entrance is on the original Danville Pike, adjacent to US 27, one mile north of the Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

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