Camp Nelson, Kentucky: A Civil War History

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University Press of Kentucky, Jan 13, 2015 - History - 488 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Preface
ix
Acknowledgments
xvii
Historical Introduction
xix
Notes to Introduction
lxv
Abbreviations
lxxxi
1 The Establishment of Camp Nelson and the Invasion of East Tennessee
1
2 Black Recruitment
54
3 Soldiers Missionaries Refugees
97
Illustrations
172
5 The Refugee Home
182
6 Administrative Troubles and the Belle Mitchell Incident
229
7 Closing the Camp
274
8 Claiming the Remains
329
Afterword
375
Select Bibliography
377
Index
381

4 The Expulsion
134

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Richard D. Sears, Chair of the Department of English and Theatre at Bera College.

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