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"Camp Nelson and 'This Practical Recognition': The Story of a Training Camp for the United States Colored Troops."

A talk by Nick Smith

Camp Nelson, created as a training camp for new recruits to the United States Colored Troops, was unusual in many ways. Its size alone would have made it distinctive, but its location and overall purpose were what made it memorable. This was a camp to train African American men to become soldiers, but it was built in the heart of a slave state that had not seceded from the Union. 

In addition, its troops were to be used in the Western theater of the war, an area in which many of the commanders had no desire to command dark-skinned soldiers, but the need for new troops was often desperate. This led to some disastrous command decisions involving the use of the troops, and to three horrific incidents, two involving the troops and one involving the families they left behind under the care of the Union Army.

Our speaker, Nick Smith, has been involved with our Roundtable for many years, faithfully serving as our President during much of that time. Nick has also been a researcher into the history of Civil War veterans who came to California after the war, and co-curated a museum exhibit on that at the Pasadena Museum of History. He has given talks at Roundtables and historical gatherings over the years on a variety of topics, most recently on Civil War prisons. Nick's talks always receive great praise for combining excellent oratorical skills with fascinating insights into history.

 

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Pasadena CWRT - Tuesday, FEBRUARY 23, 2021
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