Camp Nelson Marking Anniversary, Civil War Days

Sep 4, 2013

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — About 150 Civil War re-enactors from several states are expected this weekend in Jessamine County at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, which will mark its 150th anniversary.

Camp Nelson recruiting and training center circa 1863
Camp Nelson recruiting and training center circa 1863
Credit Kentucky Heritage Council

President Abraham Lincoln established the camp in June 1863, and it became an important recruiting and training center for black soldiers, with as many as 10,000 black troops training there.

The Lexington Herald-Leader says the commemoration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with cannon firing. The re-enactors will portray life in the 1860s and perform infantry, cavalry and artillery demonstrations.

The meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation will be discussed at 11 a.m. Sunday, and children may attend the "School of the Soldiers" each day.

For more information call (859) 492-3115 or (859) 881-5716 or visit .