Geologic Notes on Fort Placement and Strategy in Kentucky and the Western Theater of Operation in the American Civil War

Spalding, Thomas S.
July 2019
Professional Geologist;Jul-Sep2019, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p56
Created by Congress in September 2018 and welcomed by President Donald Trump with a proclamation on October 26, 2018, Camp Nelson in Jessamine County, Kentucky, is a national monument. A tour of its battlements located in the Inner Bluegrass, shows prominent karst terrain and rich limestone soils suited to raising horses. Camp Nelson was a training center for African Americans, and among other parts of its history, two cavalry organizations were formed there: the Fifth and Sixth United States Colored Cavalry (USCC). The purpose of this paper is to acquaint the reader with the application of geology at the military installation and theatre levels during the American Civil War, and to highlight the importance of Camp Nelson in the campaigns that closed the War.


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