First USCT Recruits at Camp Nelson

First USCT Recruits at Camp Nelson (HM1CH6)

Location: Danville, KY 40422 Boyle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 38.718', W 84° 46.245'

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May 23, 1864, nearly 250 black men, most of them slaves, left Boyle Co. to march to Camp Nelson in Jessamine Co. to enlist in the Union army. On the way, some Danville citizens threw stones and shot pistols at the recruits. When they reached camp, Union Col. Andrew Clark initially refused to accept them because no policy allowed for the recruitment of slaves.


Although a few local slave owners tried to reclaim some of the men, the recruits were accepted into the army, causing a Union policy change that allowed able-bodied African American men, including slaves, to enlist. Over 5,000 U.S. Colored Troops were eventually recruited at Camp Nelson, with some of the first coming From Boyle County.
HM NumberHM1CH6
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Marker Number2388
Year Placed2012
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 10:22am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 696673 N 4168799
Decimal Degrees37.64530000, -84.77075000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 38.718', W 84° 46.245'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 38' 43.08" N, 84° 46' 14.70" W
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Area Code(s)859, 606
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 131-199 S 2nd St, Danville KY 40422, US
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