27 Jul 2017

Preservation Victory at Two New York Battlefields, The Battle of Lundy's Lane, Revolutionary War Animated Map, and More!

Preservation Victory at Two New York Battlefields, The Battle of Lundy's Lane, Revolutionary War Animated Map, and More!

Earlier this year, I shared with you our first opportunity to save battlefield land in New York State: 160 acres at the Revolutionary War Battle of Fort Ann and the 24-acre Horse Island at the War of 1812 Battle of Sackets Harbor. Thanks to the generous support of members like you, I am thrilled to announce that we have reached our fundraising goal and these lands will be preserved!

Come back with me 240 years:

Just one year after Colonial leaders in Philadelphia formally declared independence from Great Britain, the American cause was still very much in doubt. British troops under General John Burgoyne planned to isolate New England from the rest of the colonies by marching down the Hudson River, capturing Albany, and establishing a chain of outposts from New York City to Montreal. After suffering a series of setbacks at the hands of Burgoyne’s army, Patriot forces made a stand at Fort Ann on July 8, 1777. Roughly 300 Americans attacked a detachment of 200 Redcoats on a wooded hill above the Hudson. The British eventually fell back but the fighting continued until the combatants exhausted their ammunition. Anticipating British reinforcements, the Americans withdrew.

Thirty-six years later, on the banks of Lake Ontario during the War of 1812, British forces attempted yet again to deliver a crushing blow, this time by striking the U.S. Navy’s shipyard at Sackets Harbor, New York. On May 29, 1813, British soldiers landed on shore, forcing American militia units to fall back. Yet when victory seemed least likely, the Americans made a valiant push forward on the British right flank, forcing British General George Prevost to recall his troops and abandon efforts to capture the port.

Now, the bravery and resilience demonstrated on the hallowed battlegrounds of Fort Ann and Sackets Harbor will be forever protected, thanks to concerned citizens like you.

War of 1812: Battle of Lundy’s Lane

Throughout the War of 1812, the American forces tried, unsuccessfully, to capture British Canada. In July of 1814, the United States again attempted to invade Canada, this time launching an attack across the Niagara River. One of the bloodiest battles of the War of 1812, the Battle of Lundy’s Lane was a strategic British victory resulting in some 1,700 casualties.

Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton

During the 1777 Saratoga Campaign, there were several small but critical engagements that hampered General John Burgoyne’s 8,000-man invasion force as it made its way south from Canada to rendezvous with other British troops near Albany, New York. One of those battlefields was Hubbardton, located in present day Vermont.

View our Revolutionary War Animated Map!

On April 19, 1775, a group of determined colonists resisted the British advance on Concord and ignited a global conflict. The Revolutionary War spanned eight years and resulted in the establishment of a new nation. Follow the defining moments of the conflict by viewing our Revolutionary War Animated Map.

240th Anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine

2017 marks the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine, the largest land battle of the American Revolution. Join fellow history enthusiasts for a memorable weekend of commemorative events in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Honor the legacy of America's first citizen soldiers by joining the national campaign to the battlegrounds where our independence was secured. As part of our month-long commemoration of Independence Day, you can take advantage of our introductory offer to become a member of Campaign 1776 for just $17.76!


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