On June 22, the National Park Service announced the award of 33 grants totaling $1,360,000 to assist in the preservation and protection of America’s significant battlefield lands.
Priority was given to those groups submitting applications for nationally significant battlefields. The majority of awards were given to battlefields listed as Priority I or II sites in the National Park Service’s Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields, and the Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States.
These grants are administered by the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP). Federal, state, local, and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions are eligible to apply for these battlefield grants each year. ABPP promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. More information about ABPP is available at https://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp.
This year’s grants provide funding at endangered battlefields from the King Philip’s War (1675-1676), Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Second Seminole War, Mexican-American War, Civil War, World War II and various Indian Wars. Awards were given to projects in 23 states or territories entailing archeology, survey, mapping, documentation, planning, education and interpretation.
Winning projects include: archeological investigation of submerged remains at the World War II Saipan battlefield in the Tanapag Lagoon, Northern Mariana Islands; documentation of the 1636 Colonial-Native battle at Mystic Fort, Connecticut; survey and mapping of Second Seminole War battlefields in Palm Beach County, Florida; statewide assessment of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 naval battle sites in the waterways of Maryland; a preservation plan for portions of the Cedar Creek Civil War battlefield located outside the designated boundaries of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Virginia; cultural resource inventory for the Palmito Ranch National Historic Landmark, Texas; and boundary identification for the Mexican-American War battle of San Pasqual in California.