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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

241 years ago, the Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence and the 13 original colonies claimed their independence from Great Britain, launching an American Revolution that would gain global attention and change the course of world history. Our fledgling democratic republic was defended and strengthened in the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

Just 30 years ago, this month, a Civil War academic scholar, five National Park Service historians and two Civil War buffs convened a meeting to create an organization which would ultimately preserve the battlefields of these wars. The rest, as they say, is history.

What better way to celebrate this Independence Day than to take a moment to reflect upon the hallowed ground that you have helped to preserve and the brave soldiers who fought to secure and sustain our independence? What you’ve achieved is truly remarkable. Since our organization began in 1987, you have aided in the protection and preservation of more than 46,000 acres of American battlefield land, at 132 sites, in 24 states.

The preservation of our history is vital, and I cannot thank you enough. You are helping us to safeguard the land where the United States of America was created and defined. I invite you to join us going forward we have exciting things coming down the pipeline, and you won’t be disappointed. Our work is not finished yet!

The Civil War Trust