|Headstones at Camp Nelson National Cemetery - Nicholasville, Ky.|
A part of the massive Civil War-era Camp Nelson complex - once 4,000 acres - the first soldiers buried here were likely victims of smallpox and other non-conflict causes. At least one death was noted due to a "falling tree." [*] After becoming a designated national cemetery, 2,023 dead from various Kentucky battlefields and skirmishes were reinterred here: from Frankfort (104), Richmond (241), London (266), Covington (437), and from Perryville, where the Confederates were defeated in October of 1862 (975).
Pictured above is one of the many headstones located at the cemetery. If you look closely, you'll note that it is that of Larry C. Vrondis (a WWII Veteran who I have mentioned on this site before). On this Memorial Day, we thank all of our veterans (and their families) for their service to our country.
You can visit Camp Nelson for its Memorial Day events on Monday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m.