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Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Historical Organizations, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Our Mission: The American Battlefield Trust preserves America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educates the public about what happened there and why it matters.

Results: More than 50,000 acres saved!

Target demographics: all Americans

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: The mission of the American Battlefield Trust: The preservation of America’s significant Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields by protecting the land, and educating the public about the vital roles those battlefields -- and the citizen-soldiers who fought upon them -- played in directing the course of our nation’s history. The American Battlefield Trust is the only national charitable organization in the country working to preserve historic land where the nation's "Founding First Century" wars were fought. The American Battlefield Trust and its predecessor organizations have been saving land since 1987; in total we have saved over 49,000 acres of land. In addition to saving hallowed ground, we also believe that there is a great need to educate the public about the importance of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. We are dedicated to interpreting the wars and their significant battles, and do so for teachers, students, and the public through technological resources and innovative methods such as our state-of-the-art website and Battle Apps®.

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583 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 toddjburnett

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been making donations to the Civil War Trust (and its predecessors) for almost 25 years. Although we are avid Civil War enthusiasts, we are also passionate about saving the hallowed ground on which the brave men of that era fought and died for what they believed in. We know that the vast majority of our contributions to the Civil War Trust will be spent to purchase and improve these lands so that future generations may walk these same fields and gain a better understanding of this period of our history. The men and women of the Civil War Trust are the best possible advocates for saving battlefield property and have proven themselves to be excellent stewards of all donations they receive. We give to several charitable organizations and the Civil War Trust is the one we hold in highest esteem. If only all other charities were operated with such integrity and professionalism!

Georgia Cracker

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Civil War Trust since about 1990. It was at this time I became aware there was an organization dedicated to preserving Civil War battlefields. I was intrigued by the opportunity to save battlefields as so many of them had been completely or partially lost. Now the Civil War Trust is a division of American Battlefield Trust, but it is the same original organization.

Being born in Atlanta, the second most important city of the Confederacy, I am aware of the importance of saving battlefields. On a trip to Atlanta, one of the major campaigns of the war, you will find no battlefields to visit. Even though there were several battles fought directly in the vicinity of Atlanta there is nothing to see. At Peachtree Creek, Battle of Atlanta, Ezra Church and Jonesboro there is nothing to visit. One can find historical markers but the urban sprawl has wiped away the landscape of the 1860s. Constant traffic pose a serious danger for visitors to these sites.

American Battlefield Trust is the premier organization for battlefield preservation whether Civil War, War of 1812, or Revolutionary War. American Battlefield Trust has many successful preservation stories. But there are many more endangered battlefields that need our help. What happened to the battlefields of Atlanta is happening to unprotected battlefields elsewhere.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My fifth grade class had windows through which one could see a cemetery. While teaching us about the American Civil War, Mrs. Taylor pointed out the windows and said, “There are men who fought in this war and are buried right out there.” I vividly remember it struck me like solid shot and left a lifelong impression upon my soul.
Through the ensuing years, my thirst for Civil War history has never been quenched. The deeper I delved, the more insatiable my desire. In learning more, I discovered a sad truth. The insidious veil of time is drawn over that which is not duly saved. And, in that process, that darkest of veils relegates all that is unprotected to the pages of forgotten history. There is a great sadness in that. Yet, it is that grief which spurred me to action over the greater part of my life.
I sought to pull back the veil. I pledged I would do what I could toward that end. I have, for near 30 years, researched the 141st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry’s 1000 soldiers. Consequently much of their information has been saved for posterity’s sake. Yet still I yearned for the ability to do more. Luckily, I found the outlet.
I was fortunate to find a way to partner with an organization which holds the same beliefs that course through my veins, saving history. Over 20 years ago I became a member. While likely I could never afford to purchase even one acre of battlefield ground, it is through the American Battlefield Trust that my meager pennies were multiplied to where each and every dollar I have donated has resulted in tangible Civil War acreage being protected. It is through their dedication and professionalism over a score of years that I have been able to rightly claim, with immense satisfaction, that I have been able to help write a new chapter of history where Civil War battlefields will forever endure.
Because of so much that we do and accomplish together, I proudly say, I am a member of the American Battlefield Trust.

Donor

Rating: 5

While attending the National War College in the early 1990s, I had the privilege of participating in a class trip to the Gettysburg battlefield. Although a diplomat rather than a soldier, I experienced the same excitement and awe as the US service men and women around me as we retraced the path of Pickett's charge. Ever since, I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the APCWS (currently named the American Battlefield Trust). The organization does essential work in helping to preserve an important part of America's historical heritage during a time when honor, patriotism and public service are not as respected as they should be. I plan to continue to donate to the Trust and have made plans to remember the Trust in my will.

Donor

Rating: 5

Having donated to the Civil War Trust for many years, and before that to the APCWS, I'm well aware of the excellent work they and their successor, the American Battlefield Trust, have done. Not being exactly flush with money, I'm able to donate only small amounts, but from past experience I know that the ABT uses those small amounts wisely and effectively, and leverages them to achieve remarkable results. The ABT not only raises funds to preserve a battle site, but often (as at Brandy Station in Virginia and Lee's Headquarters at Gettsyburg in Pennsylvania) funds and manages the effort to re-create the viewscape at the time of the battle. Believing those efforts are still not enough, the ABT then develops for visitors to many of the sites a balanced, carefully researched interpretation of the site, with signs, trails, and lately, phone-based apps that guide the visitor. I believe strongly that, for thorough understanding of a historic event, there really is no substitute for walking the ground at the site where it occurred. Hence I'm proud -- and eager -- to support the efforts of the ABT to preserve our history.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a long time contributor (through the many name changes) of not so large amounts, but It is what I can afford. I find the work of the American Battlefield Trust to be very important in preserving the historical landscapes of important places in American History. I especially try to give to appeals that are not just saving the land, but restoring them to the historical reality. One of the most recent successes is the restoration of "Lee's HQ" at Gettysburg. I can remember how it was surrounded motel and restaurant parking in the 60's and the really not historical additions. My dad asked in one of those first trips to Gettysburg if I wanted to go there and I can remember saying no ( I was only 9 or 10 at the time) but even then I knew it wasn't "right". This past summer, my wife and I made a brief stop overnight on our way home just to see what had been restored. I was most impressed with the house restoration, but especially the view-shed of the First days battlefield from the home. I would encourage anyone looking for an historical charity to give to the American Battlefield Trust.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to this organization, thru several name changes, for something like 25 years. What got me started was the ability to marry land preservation with an interest in the American Civil War. These folks work toward preserving land at the major, and minor, battlefields of the Civil War. They have been very successful, working with Congress, the National Park Service, and many local preservation groups, and have saved many hundreds of acres of land from development. They are not at all partisan or political; they are very focused on their mission(s). In addition to preserving Civil War battlefields their mission has expanded to preserving Revolutionary War sites. There is also a strong educational component to what they do, so the history is preserved along with the land. They are very efficient, and transparent, communicating regularly so you are kept abreast of what is going on. I recommend this organization highly.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a proud member of the CWT (American Battlefield Trust) for over twenty years. I feel honored to have an exceptional & responsible organization saving hallowed ground from the Civil War. I have been a student of this War for over thirty years and find donating my funds to this organization one of the best things that I could ever do. I also like that the CWT finds available land not only in the Eastern theatre but also in the areas of the Western Campaign. Furthermore, I feel confident that my donations are going directly to the particular solicitation and that the CWT is properly audited and deserving of my support. I couldn't be happier to write this review. The people engaged directly in the activities seem very dedicated to the mission of the organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a participating donor with the American Battlefield Trust and its predecessors for almost 30 years. Such loyalty is earned, not easily given. This organization has always exceeded any promises it has made to me and others. Its performance has been beyond belief. It sticks to its mission and exceeds all expectations. The material available through the Trust is timely, detailed, well written, well presented and neutral in presentation. The recent move to conserve or preserve battlefields from all US wars is an example of the outstanding leadership which has been in existence for the entire time I have participated. The organization fights the right fights and any fight it enters, it fights to win. Its successes have been fantastic. Almost always there are matching funds to increase the value of my gifts. There is always thankful recognition to gifts. When I have called for information, the staff has been willing to walk me through all I desired. The new Liberty Trail initiative is a wonderful example of how the organization is willing to change, to take very different approaches to recognition and preservation of our nation's history. I wish it was in charge of setting the requirements for my state's curriculum. Good job; Good show; Keep it up; and MANY THANKS!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I been an advocate for saving our Battlefields and other Historic Sites since I was a kid and our family would spend our annual vacations visiting places like Antietam, Gettysburg, Bunker Hill, Lexington and Concord. My wife and I have continued our visits with our Son and our 2 Grand kids and they also enjoy those visits. We now live on the Battlefield of Williamsburg, Va., (although this is not protected land), and also have lived close to the Monmouth, N.J. battlefield years ago. We have supported the Battlefield Trust over the past 20+ years and are always amazed at how they use their funding along with getting Federal, State, Highway and other grants to procure funding for over 50,000 acres over the years. Just look what the Trust was able to do with General Lee's Headquarters at Gettysburg, absolutely amazing. Hope everyone will support the American Battlefield Trust and help them save the next 50,000 acres of our nations Battlefields.
Deb and Marty Bank, Williamsburg, Va.

Paul E.1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a member for over twenty years, I have been greatly impressed with the dedication to education and preservation of the American Battlefield Trust.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the American Battlefield Trust for over 20 years, and will be for life. I hold the ABT up as the epitome of charitable organizations; achieving tremendous, highly regarded results with a genuine stewardship of resources. One of the allures here is the double benefit of promoting history and land/ecology conservation. In all, I'm proud & confident to give this organization the highest & heartiest of recommendations.

Donor

Rating: 5

The preservation of our history is critical to our preservation of our country's values, and to having future generations value that same need for preservation. The American Battlefield Trust is unsurpassed in using contributions wisely to further its preservation goals, and to telling our country's story. ABT also keeps members informed and engages us in its plans and goals. I've been donating for many years, and plan to continue to do so. If I could rate ABT higher than 5 stars, I would!

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I first became intensely interested in the Civil War after the premier broadcast of Ken Burns' documentary on the war in September 1990. Not long after the broadcast, we began to visit Civil Wat battlefields and immediately saw the merit in preserving as much battlefield property as possible across the nation. Our desire to contribute to this effort led us to the Civil War Trust, which has since evolved into the American Battlefield Trust. In the 20+ years that we have been donating to the Trust, we have been consistently impressed with its stewardship of donations. Each issue of their magazine documents acres upon acres of battlefield that the Trust has played a part in preserving from desecrating development. Also noteworthy is the Trust's efforts to educate the public regarding the nation's rich historical heritage. We are proud supporters of the Trust and plan to remain so.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of this superb organization since its inception as the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites ~30 years ago. Its focus on the most important historic properties, its professionalism, and its high ethical standards have led to a long list of superb accomplishments. Every year, the Trust earns the trust of members, including me, who depend on the Trust to accomplish important preservation projects that would never be possible on our own individual level.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been interested in the Civil War since school days, and have studied it more intensely in the past 25 years. Historical preservation, and specifically battlefield preservation, is important to me, and I have been a member of or contributor to several organizations over the past 20 years. I became involved with the Civil War Trust in its original form as the Association for Preservation of Civil War Sites, and have always been impressed with the professionalism and competence of this organization. CWT's work has always been based on the work of the best historians in the field, so it is not based on any one individual's or one group's personal agendas or interests. Over the years, it has built enormous competence in distinguishing projects and properties that are truly historically significant, and in prioritizing them so that the rest of us can have confidence that our contributions are going to the most important and carefully-chosen projects. I have made many contributions since the early 1990's, and only wish that my contributions could be larger and more frequent.

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this organization since its earliest days and am proud to be able to share why I believe in it. From the beginning, the vision to preserve our endangered historical battlefields inspired me to visit many of them and tell others how important this effort was to our country. The leadership of the organization is the finest group of folks that running a non-profit. Jim Lighthizer is a great American and a great leader. My donations over the years have been put toward the vision of preservation and education, and I am confident they have been used effectively. I am grateful for the opportunity to highly endorse this wonderful organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Civil War Trust and its predecessors for over 20 years and have made over 75 separate donations. I have always received a prompt, personalized and correct acknowledgement of my gifts. Donating online in the last several years has made the process very easy.
The work and the accomplishments of the Trust are close to my heart, so I have been inclined to be generous. However, I do not see the same type of donor recognition and care as I have seen from the Trust. They truly appreciate us the donors and let us know that. I am proud to be a member and a donor and look forward to the Trust's continued success.

Don H.3

Donor

Rating: 5

The study of the Civil War and visiting battlefields has been a passion of mine for over 50 years, that started with my Father talking about the Civil War in the St. Louis area and visiting Jefferson Barracks. I've been donating several times a year to the American Battlefield Trust and its predecessor for over 20 years, in order for it to preserve hallowed ground and for its educational initiatives.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a historian and a Founding Member of the Civil War Preservation Trust (now American Battlefield Trust), I have been honored to participate in their efforts to preserve our Nation's historic battlefields of the Civil War (and now also those of the American Revolution and War of 1812). The Trust's stewardship of our funds and the skill they employ to leverage those funds to obtain the optimum benefit in purchasing historic lands is a credit to the Trust's leadership. I feel confident that my donations are being used for the purposes intended. In fact, I have named the American Battlefield Trust as a beneficiary in my will.

Michael F. Huebner, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)

Donor

Rating: 5

Well, there you have it. One of the most outstanding battlefield preservation organizations out there. (And there are many other noteworthy ones.) 20+ year member, regular contributor (pretty much except when funds are tight), always read their material (well done, informative, professional), and am grateful for the people running the organization. Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Battlefield Trust almost since its founding as the Civil War Trust. It's mission is to preserve fields that are hallowed with the blood of brave Americans, my own ancestors among them. By helping preserve these fields, we ensure that the story they tell will be enjoyed and appreciated by future generations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I was younger, we would visit my grandparents near Harrisburg PA every year. Nearly every year we would take the hour drive to your the Gettysburg battlefield. Those visits in led to a lifelong interest in the Civil War. Because of my passion for the Civil War, I donate to American Battlefield Trust. This allows my passion to be passed down to future generations.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member o the American Battlefield Trust (ABT) and it's predecessor organizations for over 25 years. In that time, I've seen them leverage the small donations I can make with partnerships that have made a difference in saving these historic battlefields and sites. They are on the cutting edge of battlefield preservation, and I feel that they are always using my donations wisely and for the purpose intended. Their multi-year, four-star rating on Charity Navigator speaks for itself about the wise stewardship they display. You can rest assured that the ABT is fulfilling its mission and making the most of your donation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been contributing to the American Battlefield Trust and its predecessor the Civil War Trust for over 20 years and know they have made a noticeable difference in the preserved land / view sheds of battlefields from America's "formative conflicts" (the American Revelution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War).

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to The Civil War Trust for many years including recently as it has evolved in to the American Battlefield Trust. I feel they have made incredible progress in preserving our historic battlefields to help provide education to future generations. Their research and diligence in securing these properties would not have occurred without this organization. I fell my contributions are well managed to provide the "biggest bang for the buck".

Donor

Rating: 5

My passion is history, and so I decided years ago to donate the bulk of my charitable givings to preserving land important in our nation’s history, in particular the Civil War. I cannot think of any other organization that’s accomplished more in the area of battlefield preservation than the American Battlefield Trust. Were it not for this organization, and its earlier manifestations (the APCWS and Civil War Trust), we would be “treated” to a Formula One race track instead of Brandy Station Battlefield. It’s unlikely historians and preservationists would have been successful in preventing the Disneyfication of Loudon County, Virginia in the vicinity of Manassas National Battlefield, without the money and muscle of the APCWS. There are plenty of other examples of how this organization has preserved for future generations the land on which their ancestors fought and died. In recent years the Trust's focus has expanded to include endangered Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites. I strongly urge anyone with an interest in history to support the American Battlefield Trust. Even if you are unable to visit these preserved sites (and I sincerely hope you are), whenever you donate to the American Battlefield Trust you’ll be making a lasting impact that’s difficult to surpass.

Jeffrey M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this organization for over 20 years. I love history and want to do my part to preserve history for my children and future grandchildren. The Trust has been a good steward of my donations and I recommend them highly and without reservation.

Mike C.6

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter and contributor to the American Battlefield Trust for more than 20 years. I have found the Trust to be an excellent steward of a contributor's money during the entire time. The one thing that I like most about the Trust is that they explain, in great detail, the need for the request of support and how the money will be used. The Trust has had a number of names since I have been involved and for some that may seem odd. But the reason for the name changes has been to demonstrate that the Trust has become more far reaching than in year's past. When I started to support the Trust I was supporting Civil War battlefield preservation. Today, my support may be for Civil War, War of 1812 and/or American Revolution battlefield preservation. It may also be to support teaching the history of these conflicts to school children and it may also be used to train those educators who teach school children the importance of the history of our country.
I believe the American Battlefield Trust is an outstanding non-profit, worthy of consideration for support. I will continue my support and I've spoken to others of the worthiness of the Trust's efforts.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Trust for many years. The work of the Trust is admirable in so many ways. Every dollar raised has been spent wisely. My praise is such that have mentioned the Trust in my will.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to the American Battlefield Trust since it was the APCWS, close to 30 years. During that time they have maintained their focus on the preservation of land involved in battles that have impacted the path of American society. Besides the purchase of land to preserve these areas, their mission to educate on why these properties are important to keep from development has remained in the forefront.

leerainey

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been proud to support the American Battlefield Trust for over 25 years.

The Trust monitors significant battlefields of the American Civil War (and more recently the War of 1812 and the American Revolution as well), watching for unprotected parcels of land that come on the market within or adjacent to the battlefield parks. (Contrary to what many believe, the various national and state battlefield parks typically preserved only a small part of the full battlefields, and left some significant sites totally unprotected.)

It then works to put together financing -- leveraging federal programs, state and local grants, landowner donations, and more -- to cover as much of the cost as possible. The remainder of the preservation cost is covered by numerous small and medium-sized donations from members like myself.

Fourteen of my family and four of my wife's family fought in the American Civil War, and a number of them died in the conflict. The American Battlefield Trust has afforded us the opportunity to help preserve the exact ground on which they fought -- at places ranging from Franklin, TN, to South Mountain, MD, Fredericksburg, VA ,and Gettysburg, PA. Without the work of the Trust, future generations would never have the opportunity to see the original landscapes on which were fought the wars that created modern America.

The American Battlefield Trust is my charity of choice.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Through my many years of financial support for the Civil War Preservation Trust, I am proud to have helped them both preserve still-unspoiled land, as at Antietam, and, amazingly, to even restore historic sites previously thought lost to development, as at Franklin.

The lands they are preserving are a tribute to our country's heroes and history. The CWPT has earned my confidence through their visionary leadership and solid execution that delivers results again and again.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of American Battlefield Trust for more than 20 years (it was Civil War Preservation Trust when I first joined). My purpose for entrusting the disposable income that I am able to designate as donation money is a simple one: preserve this country's history. ABT is one of very few organizations that I have full faith in because I have seen the results of 20+ years of doggedly saving our American battlefields from being "just another strip mall" or "more ticky-tacky box-houses on the hillside." ABT not only saves the ground, but promotes education about this country's unique history, which must be preserved. Our schools are no longer doing an adequate job of teaching this country's history, so I trust ABT to do just that by preserving the ground, helping city, county, state, and federal agencies to maintain it, and then providing school teachers with the educational materials that they need to teach this country's history. I am proud of very few things---and being a fully fledged member of ABT is one of them.

2 Charles M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of and contributor to the American Battlefields Trust and it's predecessor organizations (The Trust) for 20 years. The Trust has been 100% true to it's mission, preservation of the land over which the battles of the three major wars fought on American soil occurred, and excellent stewards of the funds donated by members in support of that mission. The staff does superior work in preparing campaign information and responding to member queries and concerns.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've proudly supported this group for years since it was the Civil War Trust. The work of preserving land where thousands died is so important and I'll continue to participate.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I've been a contributor to Battlefield Trust for 20 years. I have always felt confident that my contributions have been used competently to advance the objectives of the Trust and I have been able to see the tangible results stemming from my contributions. Based on my experiences and observations thus far, I will continue to be contributor to the Trust in the future, with confidence that my contributions are being used to the maximum effect.

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Donor

Rating: 5

American Battlefield Trust is one of the best charities with respect to operating efficiency.

I feel confident almost all the money i donate is used for non-administrative purposes. They also do a wonderful securing matching contributions.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The American Battlefield Trust works to save land where battles were fought in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and American Civil War. A total of 51,321 acres in 24 states has been saved to date. The Trust also strives to educate the next generation of preservationists by holding workshops for teachers, and events where members can take young relatives to battlefields to learn more. The Trust leverages member donations by seeking matching contributions from State and Federal programs, and others willing to provide matching funds. Hence, member donations to the Trust often have a huge impact on what is actually saved. An example of a battlefield where the trust has had a substantial impact over the years is the Perryville Battlefield in Kentucky. The Trust has been responsible for preservation of 1,027 acres at this important Civil War Battlefield where the Confederacy’s attempt to control the State of Kentucky was stopped by Union forces. The Trust has also stepped up to purchase battlefield land threatened by development. An example of this is the Slaughter Pen Farm tract at the Fredericksburg, Virginia battlefield where the Trust committed in 2006 to spending $12 million by paying $300,000 per year. The fierce fighting that took place on this ground and its importance to understanding the battle convinced the Trust to undertake this purchase. I have to say, the American Battlefield Trust is a highly successful organization which is making a big difference in what future generations will be able to experience when visiting our battlefields.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding group. Their ability to secure matching funds for land purchases is amazing. That is why I have supported them for 20+ years. The Eastern Pennsylvania Civil War Roundtable yearly hunts for places to donate funds where they will do the most good. And invariably, 90% of our funds will go to American battlefield Trust. We have watched $5000 turn into $87,000 due to the matching funds that they secure. Absolutely amazing. A wonderful nonprofit!

2 Michael H.9

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to the Civil War/Battlefield Trust for twenty years. This organization has consistently delivered high value for the contributions made in saving valuable American battlefields in perpetuity. In particular, the Trust has been instrumental in my state of Kentucky in securing nearly all of the important components of the Perryville battlefield, sites that remain very similar to their appearance and configuration in the 1860's. I recommend the Trust highly as a contribution vehicle for those who have interest in preserving American battlefields as a resource for the future.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported this organization for over 20 years and am a strong believer in its objectives, organization, and management. I have not seen an audited financial statement for this organization that I recall nor have I seen a statistic as to how much of their revenue from contributions actually goes to preservation efforts as opposed to operating the organization. The audited financial statements and statistics related to money actually used for preservation versus money used to operate the organization would be the only additional information I would like to have. Perhaps this information is available and I have never seen it or do not recall seeing it. Since this organization is somewhat tied in with the federal government and with other organizations related to battlefield preservation, they probably submit financial and operating information to these other organizations. Otherwise, as far as my knowledge, this organization is critical in the fight to preserve our endangered battlefields and I will remain a donor and supporter.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The American Battlefields Trust is very effective in its mission: preserving battlefield land and educating people about the importance of each battlefield. Reading about a battle can be instructive but visiting the actual land adds another dimension to understanding. Rather than a two dimensional view of the troop movements, you see a three dimensional view of the terrain. That view provides a comprehensive way to understand the difficulties the troops and generals faced. Students at our academies make staff rides to the land in order to train our future military leaders.

I like the Trust because it is very efficient with my contributions. The Trust has low overhead and successfully obtains grants that increase the effective of my contributions.

The Trust web site is one of the best I have ever seen. It is easy to navigate and has lots of information in digestible chunks. The IN4 minute videos about a topic are very instructional. It is easy to grasp the overall Civil War by looking at the animated maps, especially the Civil War in 30 minutes. There are virtual tours, suggested itineraries, mobile apps, including ones you can use to orient yourself when on the actual battlefield.

In addition to the web site, the Trust supports teachers with a National Teacher Institute summer workshop, supports student field trips, has a traveling trunk of Civil War artifacts and has sample curriculums.

At the Annual Conference there are tours led by nationally recognized guides and authors that are specialists in the tour locations. In addition, I saw a multiplayer battle simulation app in which the players voted on each general’s move. Talk about making history come alive!

The Trust makes history education fun.


John Cleckner and Vikki Seitz are color bearers and long- time members of the Trust. John’s interest in the Civil War started in 1961 when he visited the reenactment of the First Bull Run / Manassas. Vikki’s started later when we went on historical tourism vacations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We chose the Civil War Trust as a charity to support, over 200 gifts in 17 years, because we recognized it was committed to preserving Civil War battlefields so history could be seen and not just read about. Civil War Trust is very efficient and frugal with resources, matching contributions with other resources thereby multiplying the impact of our contribution. Civil War Trust has the highest Charity Navigator rating so we don’t have any qualms about donating.

The Trust’s missions are to save battlefield land and to provide education. Saving battlefield land permits future generations to experience the terrain and get a sense of the difficulties during the battles. The Trust works with other preservation organizations to accomplish preservation and is especially active at the state and local levels.

To help explore the battlefields the Trust has created a wonderful website that has videos, historical maps, battlefield apps and animated maps. Each media type presents a different type of education. They are all free and teachers may use them. The Trust conducts seminars to help teachers understand Civil War history.

Also, the Trust conducts tours that are always well run and have excellent guides and historians. We always learn a lot from the tours regardless of how much we knew before the tour.

We highly recommend the Civil War Trust as a charity to consider in your giving plan.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I keep turning up examples of the impact of the ABT. With fewer time constraints in my life at this point, I have made it a practice to visit lesser known & more far-flung Civil War battlefields. I have found it impossible to find any Civil War site of significance where the ABT has not enhanced.
This past summer I visited the site of the battle of Glorieta in New Mexico. I was able to take a NPS Ranger lead tour of the site. I was wearing my ABT baseball cap. Spontaneously the ranger leading us said something to the effect that he noted my hat and told the group that much of the land and markers were put up by the ABT, and began telling us just how much the Trust had done for the Glorieta site. Such is the widespread positive effect of the ABT. Even in rural NM, over a thousand miles from my current Maryland home, I felt my dollars were operating. I was gratified to feel that the lessons & legacy of the Civil War to America were less likely to be lost.

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Rating: 5

Nothing puts me in touch with the valor of those that made this nation than walking the battlefields, especially Civil War ones. Even more enjoyable knowing my donations helped make it happen. Seeing what was a pig farm several years ago back to period shape is remarkable. And, I know more than 90% of my donations go directly to preservation, interpretation and education. That brought me to ABT, but what has kept me donating is the committed, passionate people involved. The regular trips to battlefields with fabulous guides make it all the sweeter.

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Rating: 5

Together with the Shenandoah Battlefield Foundation, the American Battlefield Trust is one of the premier-not to mention cost effective-nonprofits seeking to preserve our history and our heritage. They use most of the funds raised for the actual acquisition of battlefield land and has made incredible achievements by recovering battlefield considered lost and preserving large, meaningful pieces of dozens and dozens of battlefields made sacred by the sacrifice and blood of courageous soldiers on both sides, American veterans all.

I have supported the American Battlefield Trust for over ten years and have always felt my money was well donated and have enjoyed seeing the fruits of the ABT labors in preservation. From Gettysburg to Cold Harbor, from Natural Bridge, FL to Cool Spring, VA, from Antietem to Franklin, there has been profound preservation. I don't hesitate to give the ABT my highest rating possible.

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Rating: 5

I discovered the American Battlefield Trust (formerly the Civil War Trust) almost 15 years ago during my search for information about my great grandfather's service during the War of Northern Aggression. My great grandfather fought for the Confederacy for four years including battles at Cold Harbor, New Market, Monocacy, Fort Stephens, Third Winchester, Cedar Creek and many more. I was grateful to find an organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting that hallowed ground on those battlefields and have been supporting the organization ever since. Charity Navigator shows that the American Battlefield Trust is an excellent steward of the money they take in, with the vast majority of it going for the stated purpose of the Trust. I am pleased to continue to support this outstanding organization and would encourage everyone with an interest in the history of our nation and who have respect for the service and sacrifice of the men who fought and died for their beliefs, to render support as well. The American Battlefield Trust is a first class organization.

2 princeofmoskova

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been members of the American Battlefield Trust for over six years now and we LOVE The Trust! They have the best people that do an incredible job of preserving our history for future generations.

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Rating: 5

My wife and I are avid donors and supporters of the American Battlefield Trust. This organization and the people that work for it and belong to it are all Top Notch folks. What a FANTASTIC organization and we are PROUD to be members.

1 Caldwell B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In 2018, I attended my first conference and event in Virginia, my native state. I was very impressed with the conference turnout, the professional staff, and the variety of tours available. For only the second time ever, I was able to visit Colonial Williamsburg and for the first time ever, Yorktown. The highlight of Yorktown was visiting Redoubt 9. My other favorite activity, while touring Yorktown, was being shown and walking along the same road that George Washington and the Continental Army took on their way to Yorktown. It's right off a fairly busy road and is hidden by the woods from the road. I would never have known it was there if Drew Gruber had not shown us. Very impressive.

1 dmartin584

Donor

Rating: 5

In the modern era of the internet, who can you trust anymore? I will tell you, the American Battlefield Trust ! I have been a member since 2002 when it was the Civil War Preservation Trust and 2 years ago, I stepped up to the Color Bearer level. I have never been prouder of any decision that I have made as I have been with that one. I know that the money I give will go directly to the purchase of battlefield land removing it from development and restoring it to battlefield conditions. The only way to preserve our history is to buy it outright and take control. As I walk the battlefields I see the signs pointing out the land that was "saved by the Civil War Trust" in fields from Virginia to Chicamauga in Georgia, Perryville and Mill Springs in Kentucky, to Franklin and Stones River, TN. No engagement is too insignificant to be saved.

There are 2 very important aspects to saving the history of the Civil War for the next generation. One is preserving the land itself. No group is better at doing that than the Civil War Trust. The second is educating the future. Beyond battlefield preservation, the excellence of their website is a model in education for young and old. The classic battlefield maps and the new animated ones exhibit visual clarity of action. The mobile phone apps, give you a walking tour of the battlefield whether you are onsite or at home - you can walk the battlefield and see some locations in 360 degree views. You can hear the experts on video tours. They sponsor events to engage school children - the preservationists of tomorrow. All can be lost in only one generation that doesn't recognize the importance of our hallowed ground.

Chamberlain knew what was to come when he penned the words, "And reverent men and women from afar, generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and to dream … and the power of the vision shall pass into their souls.”

We must preserve the "vision place of souls" for the next generation. It is our duty, it is our obligation, it is our privilege. Be not afraid, join us!

D. Martin, Oregon

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been consistent supporters of the American Battlefield trust for many years. The work which they have done and will undoubtedly do cannot be valued in dollars and cents but in insuring our heritage, history and cultural roots are preserved to be shared for generations to come. They do this diligently, efficiently and tenaciously. Contributors are kept fully informed both generally and personally. This is selfless work done by committed and passionate people. We are proud to contribute and do so with zero reservations.

Jim Duffy

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I recently visited Antietam battlefield. The partnership of the Trust and others in the preservation of this unique and still relatively untouched area of our history is critical. The Battlefield Trust also through their mailings, gives donors a very transparent and crisp view of how their money will be used to save critical areas of American History. In today's divisive atmosphere, understanding our civil war, and its' huge price in terms of casualties should be a lesson every school child and Congressman should know!

Donor

Rating: 5

The American Battlefield Trust is truly exceptional in all that it does. My wife and I have been visiting Gettysburg several times a year since the 1990s, and we learned of the Trust's mission during the “No Casino” campaigns there. This led to our donating to the Trust and my involvement as a member and eventually a Color Bearer.

The Trust has led the way over several decades as the prominent force for preserving land where soldiers fought and died in the wars where our nation earned and maintained its independence. The Trust also makes its members aware and primed to take quick action whenever battlefields and other historic sites are threatened by housing developments, shopping malls, and suburban sprawl. The men and women of the Trust have also been excellent at hosting conferences and battlefield tours.

Furthermore, the Trust has played a crucial role in providing educational experiences for students. As a university professor (in criminal justice), education is not only about providing facts and assigning papers and exams, but taking students to places where important developments in the discipline occur (prisons, jails, police stations, courtrooms) and have as guest speakers people who are well known in the field. As a result, students can learn, in a “hands-on” manner, the significance of the work that such individuals perform. When applying this analogy to history, students can get a more direct sense of what happened in the American Civil War, Revolutionary War, or War of 1812 by going to the battlefields–going beyond what they can read about in books or see on television or the Internet. Also, students can better understand the meaning of preserving hallowed ground.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to the American Battlefield Trust for nearly 25 years, since it was known as the Civil War Battlefield Trust. As a student of the Civil War I believe it especially important to preserve the historic lands where this history was made. Reading history is good but walking the ground where history was made is priceless. As the years have passed I have only increased my level of financial support of ABT's preservation efforts. I applaud their action to expand to preserve battle sites of the War of 1812 and the Revolution. Once these lands are lost to development they are gone forever and our ability to understand how our country was created and built will be forever diminished.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have been a donor for more than 20 years, and am a big supporter of ABT (formerly, CWPT). Over the years, they have saved battlefields large and small that are critical to our nation's history. In particular, ABT's work on the battlefields of Gettysburg and Fredericksburg has been ongoing and persistent--and noteworthy. They do so in a very cost efficient manner, so that very little of my donation goes to ABT's overhead.

Donor

Rating: 5

We donate to the American Battlefield Trust because it is important to our future to preserve history so we can discuss it and its impact on the US. The Trust saves core battlefield land and helps interpret it. Actually being on the site of a battle is an experience that cannot be obtained from just reading a book or seeing it on the web.

The Trust creates multimedia experiences that dramatize facets of the battles and are very memorable. Each IN 4 video provides a presentation about one subject and are quite informative. The Civil War in 30 minutes presentation with an animated map provides a great overview. But the best media to me are the virtual tours of the battlefields. What a help when visiting! The web site is well worth exploring to see all the resources available.

It is important to us that our gifts are used wisely. The Trust excels at that. It obtains matching funds so our gifts go farther and it has a low overhead.

John Cleckner and Vikki Seitz

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been contributing to the ABT and it's predecessor organizations for many years. I believe so strongly in this organization and it's mission. I contribute throughout the year via the Combined Federal Campaign and as needed for special critical time sensitive campaigns. The work these folks do is near-legendary. The magazine they produce is superb and award winning. Their website is an incredible educational resource, and I use their maps incessantly when reading or studying the various American battlefields. As a freedom-loving American, I am so grateful and thankful to the men and women of the ABT for their hard work. They are highly rated by charity watchdogs and they will continue to have my support!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I found the American Battlefield Trust while doing an online search for Civil War sites, and I am so fortunate to have found this Charity. Their website is first rate, and it contains important information about the battlefields of the Civil War, The War of 1812, and The Revolutionary War. The site also lays out the different lands that the Trust is presently trying to save, and it encourages givers to participate in these causes. I've been very happy with the detailed maps the Trust provides that highlight the targeted acreage within the context of the greater battlefields. Most of all, I'm so glad to know there is a community of history buffs out there who care about saving this country's most important sites! As a Johnny Reb supporter from Texas, I can say it's all the more important in the current climate to preserve our history.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a Color Bearer with American Battlefield Trust and back to Civil War Trust and before that APCWS. I have always as a kid loved reading non fiction civil war books. I started going to civil war reenactment in Bentonville NC years ago. Then I started visiting the Civil War battlefields. I was distressed that the battlefields were getting gobbled up by the commercial sector.
I found the APCWS years ago from a civil war friend. So I started sending in money to preserve this land that our soldiers fought on. Its a shame to turn any civil war, revolutionary war or 1812 into a strip mall or condos. Since a lot of the remains of soldiers back then weren't recovered the battlefields are known as hollowed ground. I have steadily increased my membership and giving to every donation of land needing to be saved.
What I like about the ABT family is that we are all dedicated to save the land, educate the public and supporting teachers on our American history. The ABT are very good stewards of our money. So the money I give will go directly to saving acres of land on the battlefields. Its important to give because it preserves our history, preserves the battlefield forever so that everyone can enjoy the land.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a Number One Fan of the ABT for easily a decade now. And I have contributed as generously as possible in each of those years to assist the Trust in accomplishing its worthy and impressive targeted acquisition goals. In my view, there is no other not-for-profit which better accomplishes, effectively and immediately, the mission which it sets out to implement. And Jim Lighthizer, whom I have known and respected for decades now, is the best and most articulate leader anywhere.

Lawrence Peterson

Donor

Rating: 5

The American Battlefield Trust has my trust! Operating incredibly lean, the vast majority of donations go directly to saving battlefield land: so far over 50,000 acres. Not a lot of talk, just quietly preserving hallowed ground. Please join us!

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Rating: 5

The CWT is an outstanding organization! Extremely well managed, while accepting that there is some cost of doing business, it sticks to spending the overwhelming majority of income on purchasing Civil War battlefield land, which is its primary mission. As a Brigade Color Bearer almost since its founding (honoring my GG Grandfather who was a Confederate Brigadier General) I strongly recommend this organization to anyone with interest in the Civil War and/or american history. Larry Peterson

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Rating: 5

One of the greatest non-profits I donate to. Can you imagine a Walmart on hallowed ground where soldiers sacrificed their lives for our country? Thanks to the American Battlefield Trust, i do not have to anymore. Hundreds of thousands of acres of land have been saved FOREVER, so that future generations can live their history. They provide so many stories, rich histories and maps of every battlefield they helped save. Their quarterly magazine is so informative, I cannot wait for each issue to arrive. I have been a member for almost 20 years and have watched the amazing work the team at ABT does each and every day. I could not recommend ABT more highly!

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Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Trust for over 15 years. It is vital we protect this land for future generations to remember the sacrifices of all of the participants. The Trust is instrumental in protecting this land. Wether negotiating a great deal on sacred land or blocking a casino from destroying historic sites, the Civil War Trust is always taking advatange of every opportunity. I cannot recommend this group enough!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have proudly supported this worthwhile endeavor for over three years and currently as a color bearer. I believe in the vision of this organization as it's main purpose is to remember the valor and courage of the men and women who fought for the great ideal of freedom. I am proud to support the ABT.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am pleased with the efforts of the American Battlefield Trust. My personal goal is to preserve history (especially ACW history) through preserving the battlefields and to preserve or reclaim green land from development (especially in urban areas). The education services the trust provides is a bonus.

I have visited many of the sites the trust has helped preserve and appreciate the perspective that preserved land gives me when viewing and walking a battlefield. One of my activities is to map out troop movements, choose a unit, then walk where those troops marched and fought after rereading their history at that battle. The trust's preservation efforts have increased the land I can walk, thus the pleasure I receive from my visit.

I think the preservation and reclamation of green space is important as towns and cities grow, especially east of the Mississippi River (I reside in NM). I believe green space is essential for mental-spiritual health of all people.

I have so far been unable to attend the trust's donor events, so I cannot speak to the benefits of the historians and battlefield tours the trusts makes available.

I appreciate the education services the trust provides to students. History is an important foundation for a person in how they define themselves. Understanding of where we as a culture/country came from expands our understanding of what goes on today.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the best, most professionally run nonprofits in America. From their informative newsletters and magazine, to the multiple annual conferences, and of course the efforts to preserve hallowed battle grounds, this group uses every dollar wisely and efficiently to accomplish it’s stated goals. I’m proud to be associated with such a dedicated group and a small part of this important preservation effort.
Will Garner

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been totally satisfied with the American Battlefield Trusts in 2018, in their steadfast approach and dynamic campaign to bothpreserve our nations hallowed grounds across three wars that shaped our young republic, and to do so in modern ways that strive to rengage our youth in that history of honor, valor and sacrifice. One of my top three lifetime charities...

Donor

Rating: 5

The American Battlefield Trust is only one of 4 charities that I contribute to on a regular and continuing basis. They have proven to me to be an outstanding steward of the donations that I make as they do what they promise to do, and that is save American battlefields from the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. I consider the American Battlefield Trust to be one the the best run and managed non-profits in the United States today.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter since the APCWS days, better than thirty years. 50,000 acres of hallowed American battlefields have been saved. This organization is masterful at getting the most from both private and governmental sources to maximize their impact. I have gone to Washington to lobby my home state delegation for battlefield preservation legislation at this group’s behest. I believe they are the premier historical preservation organization in the country.

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Rating: 5

I have been interested in Civil War history since I was a small boy, for over fifty years. During that time I have seen many historic sites that I visited as a young man, Civil War and earlier, fall prey to the bulldozer and development, and be lost or changed forever. Many of these sites were, at one time, isolated and rural, but the march of "progress" has placed them in the path of development. Realizing that much of our history was being lost, I made a decision to become involved in the CW historic preservation movement. I first became associated with Civil War Trust through one of its predecessors, the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, and have continued my support through Civil War Trust.

I consider the Trust to be the most valuable preservation tool we have. They have developed a network of support and co-operation with other land and historic preservation groups. Working alone or in tandem with these like minded groups, this organization has preserved thousands of acres of historic property in all major theaters of the war and in numerous states. They have been an invaluable resource here in Tennessee in the preservation of individual battlefields but also in adding additional historic resources to existing state and national parks.

I financially support numerous historic preservation organizations but the largest single donation my circumstances allow goes to the Civil War Trust.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was moved to contribute to what was then the Civil War Trust about fifteen years ago after visiting the Wilderness and Spotsylvania battlefields with a friend who is very knowledgeable about the Civil War. That visit, and his enthusiastic opinion about the Trust, led me to join. I take great pleasure about being a member and having a part in the effort to preserve the sites of our nation's battles -- at first those of the Civil War, but now those of all of our wars -- for the edification of future generations. The Trust works with landowners and governments to return the landscape to a close simulation of what it was at the time of the battle. This not only serves an educational purpose, it creates parklike places for public enjoyment. I expect to remain a member of the Trust for the rest of my life and to contribute generously to support the Trust's efforts.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of organizations dedicated to the saving of Civil War battlefields since the founding of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites in 1987. Over the past 30 years, the movement has undergone numerous evolutions, eventually becoming the outstanding organization of today, the American Battlefield Trust. In the 1970's, I visited Civil War battlefields from Virginia to Louisiana, and was appalled to see how they were being lost to development and urban sprawl. This was in stark contrast to how I observed the aggressive efforts to preserve historical sites during my travels to Europe; notably the battlefields at Waterloo, Crecy, Agincourt, Hastings, and Bosworth Field. I am proud to be able to contribute in my small way to help to preserve the historical sites designated by the ABT so that my grandchildren and future generations will be able to enjoy and appreciate these sites where America was born, matured, and united to become the great nation of today.