Camp Nelson, Kentucky: A Civil War History

University Press of Kentucky
September 2002
  • African American Genealogy
  • Military History
  • Civil War and Reconstruction - African American History
  • African American History
  • United States History - 19th Century - Civil War
  • United States History - African American History
  • Genealogy - Southern United States
  • American History
  • Genealogy & Family History

Camp Nelson, Kentucky: A Civil War History Overview

Camp Nelson, Kentucky, was designed in 1863 as a military supply depot for the Union Army. Later it became one of the country's most important recruiting stations and training camps for black soldiers and Kentucky's chief center for issuing emancipation papers to former slaves. Richard D. Sears tells the story of the rise and fall of the camp through the shifting perspective of a changing cast of characters -- teachers, civilians, missionaries such as the Reverend John G. Fee, and fleeing slaves and enlisted blacks who describe their pitiless treatment at the hands of slave owners and Confederate sympathizers. Sears fully documents the story of Camp Nelson through carefully selected military orders, letters, newspaper articles, and other correspondence, most inaccessible until now. His introduction provides a historical overview, and textual notes identify individuals and detail the course of events.


Camp Nelson, Kentucky: A Civil War History Synopsis

"Camp Nelson, Kentucky, was designed in 1863 as a military supply depot for the Union Army. Later it became one of the country's most important recruiting stations and training camps for black soldiers and Kentucky's chief center for issuing emancipation papers to former slaves. Richard D. Sears tells the story of the rise and fall of the camp through the shifting perspective of a changing cast of characters — teachers, civilians, missionaries such as the Reverend John G. Fee, and fleeing slaves and enlisted blacks who describe their pitiless treatment at the hands of slave owners and Confederate sympathizers. Sears fully documents the story of Camp Nelson through carefully selected military orders, letters, newspaper articles, and other correspondence, most inaccessible until now. His introduction provides a historical overview, and textual notes identify individuals and detail the course of events.


Camp Nelson, Kentucky: A Civil War History Table Of Content

Preface
Acknowledgments
Historical Introduction
Abbreviations
1The Establishment of Camp Nelson and the Invasion of East Tennessee1
2Black Recruitment54
3Soldiers, Missionaries, Refugees97
4The Expulsion134
5The Refugee Home182
6Administrative Troubles and the Belle Mitchell Incident229
7Closing the Camp274
8Claiming the Remains329
Afterword375
Select Bibliography377
Index381


Camp Nelson, Kentucky: A Civil War History Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Sears draws together a wealth of documents from and about the camp to tell the story of its rise and fall." -- Winchester Sun

"Camp Nelson, Kentucky is an expansive, well edited, and valuable compilation of primary source material for military and socio-political students of the Civil War in the Bluegrass State to explore. It will also serve as a great resource for the study of Ambrose Burnside's East Tennessee campaign, an operation that is yet to receive a book length treatment. Recommended." -- Civil War Books and Authors (cwba.blogspot.com)


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