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Camp Nelson marks Historic Landmark designation

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Civil War site in central Kentucky has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Camp Nelson, in Jessamine County, was a Union recruiting center for black troops during the war.

Stephen McBride is the director of interpretation and archaeology for Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park. He told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the designation covers the 525 acres of the park, part of Camp Nelson National Cemetery and parts of the Hall community.

McBride said the designation is the highest for a historic site that's not a national park. Jessamine County officials want the site to become a national park, and McBride says the landmark designation is necessary to pursue that.

He said a bronze plaque will be unveiled Saturday at a ceremony to mark the landmark designation.

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