Battlefield Protection Program 2013 Grant Awards
American Battlefield Protection Program announces the awarding of 24 grants
totaling $1.1 million to assist in the preservation and protection of
America's significant battlefield lands. The funds will support a variety of
projects at battle sites in 15 states or territories.
year's grants provide funding for projects at endangered battlefields from
the Pequot War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Northwest Indian
War, the Civil War, the Sioux Wars, World War II, and various Indian Wars. Funded projects
include archeology, mapping, cultural resource survey work, documentation,
planning, education, and interpretation.
American Battlefield Protection Program funds projects conducted by federal,
state, local, and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and
educational institutions. The ABPP’s mission is to safeguard and
preserve significant American battlefield lands for present and future
generations as symbols of individual sacrifice and national heritage. Since
1990, the ABPP and its partners have helped to protect and enhance more than
100 battlefields by co-sponsoring 454 projects in 42 states and territories.
descriptions of each grant project follow, listed by grant recipient.
states/territories indicate location of grant project.)
project will develop and produce a comprehensive preservation planning
document for the battlefields that encompasses the Battle of the Wabash
(1791) and the Battle of Fort Recovery (1794) in Ohio, two of the largest
engagements between the United States Army and Native American forces during
the Northwest Indian War. The focus will be on a detailed preservation plan
for future community development and public education.
project will conduct systematic archeological investigations of the northwest
boundaries of the Battle of the Wabash (1791) and outlying agricultural
land. This battle represents one of
the largest engagements between the United States Army and Native American
forces during the Northwest Indian War. The findings will be a part of an
ongoing educational process at Fort Recovery State Museum and will be
disseminated to the public via media and web site updates, presentations,
open houses and other events.
project will conduct an archeological survey documenting resources in the
area of Patterson Park, associated with Hampstead Hill and the Battle of
Baltimore, which was fought during the War of 1812. The U.S. defended this
site against the British in September 1814, preventing the capture of the
city of Baltimore. A public archeology outreach program will be conducted to
engage local residents and visitors and teach them about the area’s War of
City of Fort Madison
goal of this preservation project is to create a land protection plan for the
Fort Madison and to identify best methods for interpretation. The Battle of Fort Madison, started in July
1813, was the largest War of 1812 battle in Iowa. The City plans a number of steering and
public meetings to discuss the project.
In addition, landowners will be contacted and citizens will be
notified of public events and copies of the preservation plan will be
Charleston (South Carolina)
College of Charleston will locate fifteen United States naval vessels (armed barges) and an
unidentified number of merchant ships scuttled in the Upper Patuxent River in
Maryland during the War of 1812. In August 1814, the British were advancing
on Washington, D.C. To avoid the possibility of the barges and ships being captured,
the U.S. deliberately sank them in the river. The project will use satellite
and LIDAR imagery along with sediment/strategic analysis to confirm the
theory that changes in river course and sedimentation have effectively hidden
County of Chester
County of Chester plans to develop Battlefield Strategic Landscape
Preservation Plans for the four landscapes relating to British General Howe’s
Flanking Route. The British flank marched over nine miles and successfully
defeated General Washington’s troops in September 1777 at the Battle of
Brandywine. Elements of these plans will include the route used by General
Howe for troop movements, specific preservation strategies, and suggestions
for public access. The project will
provide guidance to local authorities for municipal implementation in
protecting the landscapes.
County of Cumberland
project will produce an archeological and interpretive study for the Battle
of Dallas’ Landing (1781). Continental forces routed the British on the
Maurice River near Port Norris during the battle and the landscape remains largely
untouched since the time of the Revolutionary War. The County seeks a more
comprehensive understanding of the battle through geophysical investigations
and historical and archeological research.
DCPD will create strategic preservation plans for two landscapes associated
with the Battle of Brandywine, the Rearguard Defense and Concord Meetinghouse
Staging Area. At the Battle of Brandywine in September 1777, British General
Howe defeated General Washington but was delayed in his march to
Philadelphia. This delay was
influential in the eventual British defeat at Saratoga that October. The project will result in better
documentation, an archeological research analysis, and more focused
interpretation for the public.
Conservancy of North Carolina
project will accurately identify and delineate the boundary of the Cane Creek
Battlefield. The battle between
Patriots and Loyalists, fought in September 1780, caused the Patriots to
retreat into Tennessee, only to emerge weeks later to defeat the Loyalists at
the Battle of Kings Mountain. The
victory at Kings Mountain prevented Lord Cornwallis from invading North
Carolina and proved to be a turning point in the Revolutionary War. A resource inventory, along with brochures
and a workshop, will be produced to better inform and educate the public.
Landmarks Foundation, Inc.
project will focus on engaging the public and other stakeholders to raise
awareness about Monocacy Battlefield for the purpose of educating the local
community about the battlefield resources and threats. The group will focus on the single task of
evaluating the battlefield’s full historical extent. Funds will support developing and
implementing a communications strategy; fostering consensus building;
developing partners or other advocacy groups; and developing brochures and
other media to assist in understanding the entire battlefield landscape.
Friends of Indian
project will produce a map brochure interpreting the Delaware River shore in
present-day Gloucester and Camden Counties as a war zone from September 1777
to June 1778. The area was considered
a critical point in controlling the river approaches to nearby Philadelphia
during the Revolution War. The
brochure will describe and interpret historic sites and routes within the war
zone for the public.
project will focus on the Battle of Bear River (Bear River Massacre). U.S.
troops under the command of Col. Patrick E. Connor attacked a Shoshone camp on the Bear
River in January 1863. The Society will map and survey the battlefield, conduct
archeological and geophysical field surveys, and amend the National Historic
project will focus on site identification and documentation within the
remaining two miles of the British withdrawal following the Battle of Mistick
Fort in May 1637. Thought to have been a rout of the Pequots by a combined
British and Native American force, this battlefield survey will provide
information on the nature of the combat, weaponry and tactics used during the
battle. This is part of an ongoing effort to place eligible Pequot War sites
on the National Register of Historic Places.
project will focus on examining Monocacy National Battlefield’s existing
National Historic Landmark (NHL) Boundary. This new study will more
accurately reflect the historic battlefield and connect the two separate
NHL boundaries that currently exist. The purpose is to research and update
Monocacy National Battlefield’s NHL documentation in order to fully encompass
the field of battle, including lands not presently owned or managed by the National
North Dakota State
project will identify the landscape features associated with the military
actions in North Dakota during 1863 and 1864 that are part of the aftermath
of the U.S.-Dakota War. Military terrain analysis will be conducted on the
fort and trail system, landscape defining features associated with the
battles will be located and identified, and a map will be created using GIS software.
The intention of the project is to raise awareness of the importance and
preservation needs of these battlefield sites.
North Dakota State
project will identify specific battlefield resources and boundaries for the
July 1864 Battle of Killdeer Mountain. This battle pitted General Sully’s forces
against the Sioux in the aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War. Through military
terrain analysis, research design, and interviews, the University will work
with landowners and tribes to begin the National Register of Historic Places nomination
Historical Society, Inc.
This project will focus on the portions of Peleliu
Island in Palau where high concentrations of unexplored WWII cave
installations exist. The Battle of Peleliu was fought between the United
States and Japan between September and November, 1944. It is considered the best preserved World
War II battlefield in the Pacific. The project will complete the inventory of
WWII cave locations at Peleliu.
Raymond W. Harvey
American Legion Post 703
This project will perform primary source research and
conduct an archeological survey for the Battle of Fort Anne. This battle, fought in July 1777, was part
of the Saratoga Campaign of the Revolutionary War. The Colonials, already retreating from a
loss at Fort Ticonderoga a few days earlier, were defeated by British forces
at Fort Anne. The project will expand
the public’s knowledge of the conflict, provide information for permanent
preservation of the site, and support future interpretive and educational efforts.
Turnpike Alliance, Inc.
of this project is to develop community consensus and a preservation plan for
the future of the Greenbrier River/Camp Bartow site. Part of the Battle of
Greenbrier River (1861), this site protected Confederate forces in the upper
Shenandoah Valley and saw them defend the camp from Union forces. The Alliance
will seek community support for this plan, and will address the future of the
Camp Bartow Historic District.
The River Alliance
This project will create an archeological and
operations model for the Battle of Congaree Creek, fought near Columbia,
South Carolina in February 1865. General Sherman was able to defeat the
Confederate defense at Congaree Creek with few casualties, and advance to
Columbia. Onsite archeology will be undertaken and a time phased model will
be created showing the sequence of the battle. This will be used as the basis of planned
Town of Ridgeland
Battle of Honey Hill was a failed Union Army
expedition under Maj. Gen. John P. Hatch that attempted to cut off the
Charleston and Savannah Railroad in support of Gen. Sherman's projected
arrival in Savannah, Georgia. It was considered
one of the last outright victories won by Confederate forces. This project will educate the public and
address threats to the battlefield landscape by producing maps using GIS
software, conducting various public workshops, and developing a preservation
plan for the site.
Ships of Exploration
and Discovery Research
The bitterly contested island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands fell
to American forces in early July 1944. This placed American bombers within
striking distance of the Japanese home islands and severally shook the moral
of the Japanese home front. The numerous cave systems on Saipan were integral
to the Japanese defense of the island, the U.S. military attacks, and the
civilian population attempting to escape the fighting. This project will
undertake a planning and concensus building effort focused on the inland and
coastal caves used during the battle. The intention is to assess local
interest and raise public awareness in order to conserve and protect the cave
The 1864 Valley Campaign was a series of battles that drove Confederate
forces from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and denied the Confederacy
access to its "breadbasket." This project intends to implement
three goals in the county's Rural Areas Plan for the preservation of the battlefields
associated with the 1864 campaign. These include a Purchase of Development
Rights program, support for agricultural programs, and promotion of planning
efforts to channel new development.
of Historic Resources
will organize and present five regional battlefield workshops to provide
training and guidance on how to organize a regional or local battlefield
friends group. These forums will produce a toolkit, training manual, and
reports for production and distribution to participants to post online and
use in potential future workshops.