23 May 2019

Rise and Fight Again for Southern Revolutionary History

Rise and Fight Again for Southern Revolutionary History

"We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again."
– Major General Nathanael Greene

As our work on the Liberty Trail gains momentum, it becomes higher priority to focus on battlefields that will make this virtual tour of Revolutionary history so meaningful.
Southern Campaign battleground is often available at an incredible value.
To put it plainly, many of the best-known battles of the American Revolution were fought in densely developed northeastern states where property is at a premium. While important battlefield land remains to be saved in these places, prices are high, and acreage is often very small.

In the Southern Campaign, it is just the opposite. Not only are there hundreds or even thousands of acres of battlefield land still to be saved, but those acres are much more affordable, meaning your donation dollar will have an exponentially greater impact.

Which brings me to the land at stake today. This excellent opportunity involves tracts in both Carolinas – one at Hanging Rock in South Carolina, the other at Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina.

At the British stronghold of Hanging Rock, where generous patriots like you have already saved 141 acres of battlefield, a Patriot surprise attack overwhelmed British forces, demoralizing the British and energizing the cause for independence. The roughly 30-acre tract we are saving today is where the first American advance against the British camp occurred and adds significantly to the land already preserved there.

At Guilford Courthouse, the half-acre tract we hope to save is part of a much larger strategy to buy up small plots of battlefield land, many with older non-historic houses on them, remove the structures, and restore the battlefield. In case you're not familiar with the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, this was the moment when General Cornwallis, having lost over a quarter of his army, decided to abandon the Carolinas and head to Virginia. (And I probably don't need to tell you how that ended.)

Best of all, thanks to significant matching fund opportunities, we can save these 31 acres – with a transaction value of $475,000 – for just $91,250. That's a $5.20-to-$1 match of every dollar you give!

Any amount that you can send today will help tremendously and will be greatly, greatly appreciated. Please visit our website to learn more about these two tracts and their Revolutionary history, then make the most generous contribution you can muster.

I know I ask a lot of you, but if Nathanael Greene's troops could rise and fight again – time and time again – isn't saving the places where they put their lives on the line to bring this great nation into being the least we can do?

It is our duty, but that doesn't make it easy. I can never thank you enough for your heroic support for this historic effort.

In a letter written after the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, Nathanael Greene said, "The Enemy got the ground the other Day, but we the victory. They had the splendor, we the advantage." In the preservation business, it sometimes seems like developers and others have all the advantages, and sometimes, temporarily, it looks like they are winning. But if we stick to our guns, and always fight together, I know we will eventually win, and save our country's history. Please help preserve these crucial parts of our national story with your most generous gift today.


American Battlefield Trust

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