The battle to protect Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields remains unwon in Congress but is continuing. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduced legislation to “authorize the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under the American Battlefield Protection Program” (H.R. 1033). Holt introduced the measure on Thursday, March 7. You can read about it at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:1:./temp/~bd66RM:@@@X|/home/LegislativeData.php|.
The bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep Robert Wittman (R-VA) cosponsored it.
Holt introduced the measure in each of the last two congresses. Both times, the House passed it but the Senate never voted.
The law now allows the National Park Service (NPS) to buy land associated with Civil War activities. For background, see the stories linked to below.
NPS gets $10 million a year for the Civil War sites. Holt has tried to give it another $10 million a year to buy American Revolution and War of 1812 sites.