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H.R. 5655: Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument Act
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House

This was a vote to pass H.R. 5655 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 5655 establishes the Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument in the State of Kentucky as a unit of the National Park System.

Located in southern Jessamine County, Kentucky, and founded in 1863, Camp Nelson was constructed by Major General Ambrose Burnside and the 9th Corps of the Army of Ohio to serve as a supply depot, hospital facility, and training and recruiting center for the Union Army during the Civil War. Camp Nelson provided the Union Army with over 10,000 African American soldiers, making it the third largest recruiting and training depot for African American soldiers in the country. As freed slaves, many had no option but to bring their families along with them to the camp as they trained to fight. In November 1864, Brigadier General Speed S. Fry ordered the families staying with the soldiers out of the camp. Tragically, the expulsion from the camp resulted in more than a hundred refugees dying from exposure due to the freezing temperatures. General Fry’s actions infuriated the African American recruits and undermined African American recruitment efforts. Because of the complaints and reactions, officials in Washington, D.C. ordered general Fry to establish a camp for the refuges within Camp Nelson. Camp Nelson and the refugee site served as a shelter for over 3,000 of the soldiers’ wives and children. In 1998, Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park (CNCWHP) was established by the Jessamine County Fiscal Court using local, State, and federal funds to preserve large tracts of land, construct a visitor center, construct replica barracks, recreate a fort, develop informational trails, an educate the public. In 2008, CNCWHP was designated as part of the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and was later designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2013. H.R. 5655 establishes the Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument in Nicholasville, Kentucky, as a unit of the National Park System.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


All Votes R D
Yea 88%
Nay 1%
Not Voting 11%

Passed. 2/3 Required. Jun 5, 2018 at 7:13 p.m. ET. Source:

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