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Camp Nelson marking anniversary

President Abraham Lincoln established the camp in Jessamine County back in June 1863.


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) - About 150 Civil War re-enactors from several states are expected this weekend in Jessamine County at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, which will mark its 150th anniversary.

President Abraham Lincoln established the camp in June 1863, and it became an important recruiting and training center for black soldiers, with as many as 10,000 black troops training there.

The Lexington Herald-Leader says the commemoration begins at 9 a.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday with cannon firing. The re-enactors will portray life in the 1860s and perform infantry, cavalry and artillery demonstrations.

The meaning of the Emancipation Proclamation will be discussed at 11 a.m. Sunday, and children may attend the "School of the Soldiers" each day.

For more information call (859) 492-3115 or (859) 881-5716 or visit http://www.campnelson.org.

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