Camp Nelson: In the Footsteps of Freedom

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.

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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.

A group of formerly enslaved men who became soldiers at Camp Nelson

Discover the history of Camp Nelson

More than 10,000 formerly enslaved men became soldiers at Camp Nelson in 1864 and 1865.

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Learn how a site becomes a National Monument.

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Hours of Operation (Fall 2022)

Visiting Camp Nelson National Monument this Fall and Winter? Check out our new operating hours!

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Winter Lecture Series 2023

Attend special presentations at one of America's newest National Park Service (NPS) units!

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Fall and Winter Programs

Experience Camp Nelson National Monument as we usher in the Fall and Winter!

Last updated: October 23, 2022

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