New York State was a key factor in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. In 1777, British General John Burgoyne hoped to move through the Empire State and establish a chain of garrisons stretching from New York City to Montreal, effectively cutting off New England from her sister colonies. Years later, New York’s shared border with Canada made the Empire State an ideal location for a major American naval facility—and a key target for British forces looking to undermine the American offensive in Canada.
Campaign 1776 now has the opportunity to save 184 acres in New York associated with both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. First, we are working to preserve 160 threatened acres in the Hudson Valley, where Americans attacked elements of Burgoyne’s army at the Battle of Fort Ann. Second, we are saving 24 crucial acres at the Battle of Sackets Harbor—the very first land we have saved from the War of 1812. Here American’s just barely thwarted a British attempt to capture a key U.S. naval base, protecting American naval superiority on Lake Ontario.
Together, these two battles represent the bravery and resilience of American soldiers—people who stood up against great odds to protect their nation and its ideals. Help us protect their legacy by saving these two battlefields.