Nicholasville in Jessamine County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Camp Nelson Refugee Camp / Conditions at Refugee Camp
Camp Nelson Refugee Camp
Established in 1863 to house families of African American soldiers, Camp Nelson became the chief center issuing emancipation papers to former slaves. Army's withdrawal from camp in 1866 exposed refugees to violence of white "regulators," who were opposed to presence of freed African Americans. See over.
Conditions at Refugee Camp
Many women and children died from disease and exposure to weather in make-shift camp. Brutal expulsion of refugees from camp in winter of 1864 was fatal to many. Only efforts by Rev. John G. Fee and other humanitarian workers improved conditions. A school, a hospital, and permanent housing later served up to 3,000 African Americans in their transition to freedom. Over.
Erected 1995 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1965.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 47.136′ N, 84° 36.451′ W. Marker is in Nicholasville, Kentucky, in Jessamine County. Marker is at the intersection of Danville Road (U.S. 27) and Hall Road, on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Hall Road, Nicholasville KY 40356, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Nelson National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Camp Nelson National Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); General William "Bull" Nelson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Butler's Birthplace (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sawyier's Inspiration (approx. 0.4 miles away); John McMurtry’s Station (approx. 7.7 miles away); James Thompson, 1750-1825 (approx. 7.9 miles away); Birthplace of Carry A. Nation / Lady with the Hatchet (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nicholasville.
Also see . . .
1. Refugee Camp Photo. Camp Nelson Restoration and Preservation Foundation (Submitted on December 7, 2013.)
2. Company C, 5th USCT "Camp Followers" portraying the Camp Nelson Civil War refugees. (Submitted on December 7, 2013.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2013, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 503 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2013, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.