Camp Nelson: In the Footsteps of Freedom

Established as a Union supply depot and hospital during the Civil War, Camp Nelson became a recruitment and training center for African American soldiers, and a refugee camp for their wives and children. Thousands of slaves risked their lives escaping to this site with the hope of securing their freedom and, ultimately, controlling their futures by aiding in the destruction of slavery.

Civil War soldiers pose in the yard of the wagon and harness shops at Camp Nelson

Explore Camp Nelson

Walk in the footsteps of soldiers to discover the role Camp Nelson played during the Civil War.

Four soldier sit beside a row of cannons outside a wooden ordnance warehouse

History & Culture

Discover the history of Camp Nelson.

Rows of Civil War wagons lined up in a field.

What is a National Monument?

Learn how a site becomes a National Monument.

Last updated: December 16, 2019

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6614 Old Danville Road
Loop 2

Nicholasville, KY 40356


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