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SAR Members Can Help Save 2,500 Acres of Revolutionary War Battlefield Land

“In protecting and interpreting Revolutionary War battlefields, we ensure the current and future generations of Americans retain tangible links to our nation’s founding era.”  

David Duncan, American Battlefield Trust President 

To act as an enduring legacy of the 250th anniversary of America’s struggle for independence, the American Battlefield Trust has embarked on a national campaign to preserve 2,500 acres of Revolutionary War battlefield land. Many of these battlefields are threatened by development and 30 percent have already been lost to history.  

The American Battlefield Trust seeks out an assortment of collaborative efforts to identify and preserve key battlefield land, including working with organizations like the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Since 1889, the SAR has been dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and teaching American history to future generations. In visiting these hallowed grounds, young and old alike can contemplate the sacrifices ordinary citizen soldiers made to forge our nation and secure the precious freedoms we enjoy today. 

Our history shapes who we are as Americans. It can serve as a powerful lesson and inspire tomorrow’s leaders, but only if preserved. 

The Trust has identified tracts of land on dozens of battlefields that could be pursued toward this preservation goal, ultimately working with willing sellers to save these places. We estimate that the project could take a decade to complete, mirroring the duration of the war’s anniversary. It may ultimately cost up to $39 million, with the Trust applying for project-specific, competitively awarded federal grant funding to leverage against matching dollars from state and local government grants and private sector donations, etc. But donor support is vital and what these Revolutionary preservation projects will ultimately depend upon!

Exclusive Offer for SAR Members

By making a donation of $50 or more, you’ll become a Trust member for a year and receive our new Revolutionary War map book, Battle Maps of the American Revolution — illustrating clashes from Lexington and Concord to the siege at Yorktown.   

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