KENTUCKY (KFVS) - The U.S. Senate approved the Natural Resources Management Act, which includes designating two Kentucky Civil War sites as National Monuments.
Representatives Andy Barr and Hal Rogers are leading the efforts in the House of Representatives to pass the Act and designate Camp Nelson and the Mill Springs Battlefield at National Monuments.
Camp Nelson was established in 1863 in Jessamine County. According to a release from the Office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, it would become Kentucky’s top recruiting station and training facility for the Union’s African-American soldiers. In later years, those seeking freedom from slavery fled to the camp.
On January 19, 1862, the Battle of Mill Springs spread across Pulaski and Wayne Counties in southeastern Kentucky. It is said to be the first significant Union victory in the western theater of the Civil War.
“I want to thank my colleagues in the U.S. Senate for passing this bill to give these treasured lands the recognition and protection they deserve,” said Senator McConnell. “The measure preserves and protects, for present and future generations, Camp Nelson and highlights its important role in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and African American history and civil rights. I was proud to work with Congressman Barr and applaud his leadership in the House to ensure that Camp Nelson gets the recognition it deserves.”
The Natural Resources Management Act will go before the House of Representatives next.