American Battlefield Protection Program
  • A portion of the battlefield landscape at Little Bighorn

    American Battlefield Protection Program


    Cultural Resources National Park Service
Brandywine battlefield, Pennsylvania

Revolutionary War & War of 1812 Study

Congress authorized the The Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Historic Preservation Study in 1996 because many historic sites of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 are at risk from rapid urban or suburban development. The goals of the study were 1) to gather current information about the significance of, current condition of, and threats to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites, and 2) to present preservation and interpretation alternatives for the sites.

The National Park Service identified and documented 677 significant places associated with the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. The resulting report presents information about at-risk battlefields and associated properties for consideration by Federal, State, tribal, municipal, non-profit, and private entities.

This study is the broadest Federal effort to indentify important places associated with the two wars. During the study, the National Park Service called upon the expertise of an advisory committee of noted scholars. The committee looked at the wars from the perspectives of the colonists, European nations, American Indians, and African Americans in order to determine the relative significance of the sites. The National Park Service then undertook an extensive four-year field effort to examine the condition of 243 battlefields and 434 associated historic properties in 31 States, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands. Field surveys indicated that as many as 170 sites, particularly those located in rapidly developing areas, face injury or destruction in the near future.

The study report establishes preservation priorities among the sites and provides information about model programs at the Federal, State, and local levels that can be used to help protect them. The American Battlefield Protection Program encourages interested communities to pursue preservation activities at these sites. Contact your State Historic Preservation Office for information about programs and resources in your state that can help preserve and enhance Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites.