Save Hallowed Ground

Gettysburg. Shiloh. Yorktown. Franklin. Hallowed ground in American history.


The non-profit American Battlefield Trust ( has saved more than 50,000 acres of battlefield land in the past 30 years. Since 2001, the Civil War Trust has saved four times more battlefield land than even the National Park Service. During 2019, ABT saved lands totaled 1,873 acres through 37 transactions at 26 battlefields in 11 states.


Over the past six years, the Trust has multiplied members’ donations by a factor of four –- every $1.00 given by members has been matched by outside grants and turned into $4.00. Through the innovative use of matching grants, ABT can routinely multiply every $1 donated by our members, meaning, the power of donations will be greatly magnified towards saving battlefields.


Simply put, ABT does what it says it's are going to do.  Compare to other groups you support; success in our mission is tangible, measurable and verifiable.  Judge its success by walking every acre of hallowed ground you help save.  Our results will last forever.


The American Battlefield Trust doesn’t accept government funds for operating expenses, and because the battlefields are so threatened, ABT doesn’t have an endowment to fund — there is no time.  All gifts are immediately put to work purchasing and protecting battlefield land.


According to a National Park Service study, almost 60 percent of the 243 significant battles of the Revolution and War of 1812 retain no “significant lands from the period of battle.” More than 20 percent of important Civil War battles are similarly destroyed forever, covered by roads, housing developments, and other modern development. Our nation loses approximately one acre of hallowed ground every hour.


The ABT budget breakdown: 85% of revenues ($34 million in 2019) goes to programs (preservation, membership, and education), while 11% goes to fundraising costs, and 4% to administration. The American Battlefield Trust prides itself on being an efficient, high-output organization that puts every dollar it can into saving battlefield land. ABT recently earned its tenth consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator.


ABT produces an informative annual report; a beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine, Hallowed Ground; detailed battle maps; animated battle maps; suggested travel itineraries; conferences and battlefield tours; virtual video tours; calendar of events; email reports; and much more information, all accessible through the ABT website.


I'm proud to be an ABT Color Bearer, and an active member since 2002. Please consider joining ABT and helping to preserve America's hallowed ground.

Note: This webpage has not been endorsed  by the American Battlefield Trust (ABT).


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