As with many things Presidential (or Trump, for that matter), the value of the donation was increased by the attention it received from NPS supporters. According to the Department of the Interior, an anonymous donor followed the President’s gesture with an additional $22,000.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stated earlier this week on-site that the almost $100,000 total will be designated for a large-scale restoration project at the Antietam National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest battle of the US Civil War.
“As both the secretary of the interior and a military veteran, I’m deeply honored and humbled to deliver the donation to the Antietam National Battlefield on behalf of President Trump,” Zinke said. “Visiting the hallowed ground the day after Independence Day is incredibly moving and it underscores the importance of why we must preserve these historic grounds … The Civil War Trust and the National Park Foundation, and Save Historic Antietam Foundation have also pledged funds bringing the total gift to $263,545.”
Zinke noted that an additional $7.2 million in grants from the department’s American Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants program will be appropriated for restoration projects at several other Civil War battlefields as well.
“23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.”