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Col. Frank "Wild Wolf" Wolford Book Reception and Talk on Saturday, December 5
A reception to mark the release of the new book “Wild Wolf –The Great Civil War Rivalry” by Lexington author, Ronald Wolford Blair will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 5 at Camp Nelson Heritage Park.  The new book details the life and adventures of the controversial Cavalry Commander Colonel Frank Wolford, leader of the 1st Kentucky Cavalry. Wolford was famous for his 1,000-mile chase with John Hunt Morgan and other significant roles in the war. Author Blair is a descendant of Col. Wolford. Speakers include Dr. Stephen McBride, Director of Interpretation and Archaeology at Camp Nelson and Duncan Taylor, President/CEO of Taylor Made Sales Agency. Larry Elliot will portray President Abraham Lincoln.  For more information call (859) 492-3115.

Camp Nelson celebrates National Historic Landmark Designation
A ceremony celebrating the new National Historic Landmark designation and a plaque unveiling was held at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park on January 4. State Representative Andy Barr and National Park Service representative Bill Justice were on hand. Read the article.

Civil War Ancestor Toolbox
Explore your Civil War heritage with our
Civil War Ancestor Toolbox. TentMost of the questions that we receive at Camp Nelson are from those doing geneology projects, both for scholarly research and for personal satisfaction.


Camp Nelson's Portal To Freedom
USCTCamp Nelson provided the Union Army with
over 10,000 African-American soldiers, making it the third largest recruiting and training depot for African Americans in the nation. Many of the black soldiers brought their families with them to Camp Nelson and eventually the army established a refugee camp for these individuals. Thousands of African-Americans came to Camp Nelson and it was here that they gained their freedom. Read more.

Camp Life: Civil War Collections
View some of the unique artifacts related to Civil War Soldier Life, now on display at the Camp Nelson Heritage Park Interpretive Center. Here are some inside photos of the Interpretive Center.

Happy Trails:
Did you know that there are over five miles of trails to explore at Camp Nelson? The trails are an oportunity to view the beautiful central Kentucky lanndscape while learning about the significant role Camp Nelson played in the the Civil War. The trails are open nearly every day from dawn to dusk. Trail and visitor info.

Lincoln Bi
Heritage Lands Unbridled  



C-Span Video
When the C-SPAN School Bus visited Camp Nelson, they shot this excellent 9-minute video.


Civil War Days

September 12 & 13, 2015. Please direct reenactor questions to Bob Bell at Reenactor Registration Form Download. Call (859) 881-5716.


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