In late October, President Donald J. Trump dedicated the first monument of his massively successful first term in office, and the dedication honored African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, hereby proclaim the objects identified above that are situated upon lands and interests in lands owned or controlled by the Federal Government to be the Camp Nelson National Monument,” said a Presidential Proclamation.
Camp Nelson in Jessamine County, Kentucky, was initially established as a Union Army supply depot and hospital, but became a key site for the emancipation of slaves during the Civil War, many of whom risked their lives to flee to the camp. It was also one of the largest Union Army recruitment centers for African American soldiers, then known as the United States Colored Troops.
An important historical fact often forgotten by petulant millennial college students – and their professors – is that both the Union and Confederate armies were integrated. (Related: American Hero H.K. Edgerton Schools The Left On Confederate History)
“The history of Camp Nelson is now told primarily through archival and military records, as well as rich archeological evidence from the site. The well-preserved in situ [sic] archeological resources associated with the military installation, recruitment camp, and refugee home provide robust opportunities for researchers to understand the African American experience during the Civil War,” the proclamation said.
File this story under the “won’t be reported by CNN” category.
Join the conversation!
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.