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Nonprofit Overview

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®.

Community Stories

582 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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.

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).