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Cooch's Bridge Chapter

Daughters of the American Revolution

Newark, Delaware

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The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) was founded on October 11, 1890, during a time that was marked by a revival in patriotism and intense interest in the beginnings of the United States of America. Women felt the desire to express their patriotic feelings and were frustrated by their exclusion from men's organizations formed to perpetuate the memory of ancestors who fought to make this country free and independent. As a result, a group of pioneering women in the nation's capital formed their own organization and the Daughters of the American Revolution has carried the torch of patriotism ever since.

The objectives laid forth in the first meeting of the DAR have remained the same in over 125 years of active service to the nation. Those objectives are:

Historic Preservation - DAR members participate in a wide variety of historic preservation projects crucial to saving our history for future generations;

Education - DAR members are passionate about educating America's youth and support a variety of different programs, contests and awards to help further this goal; and

Patriotism - DAR members cherish, maintain, and foster true patriotism and love of country to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty. Patriotism is the foundation of many DAR activities.

About the Cooch's Bridge Battlefield

The following history was written by Wade Catts, MA, RPA, and winner of the DAR History Award!

The battlefield at Cooch’s Bridge is one of Delaware’s rare historic places. The battlefield is one-of-a-kind in the state; nowhere else in the state did American soldiers meet British and Hessian troops in battle in large numbers. American soldiers sacrificed their lives on this field for a cause and a country, and all Americans are the beneficiaries of their sacrifice. These soldiers – approximately 24 in number – lie in unmarked graves on the battlefield. The precise locations of those graves are unknown. The battlefield is a legacy to their sacrifice and is hallowed ground.

The Battle of Cooch’s Bridge was fought on September 3, 1777. Fighting here was described by American, British, and Hessian participants as “heavy,” “severe,” “sharp,” and “bloody.” The “British” unit most heavily engaged was not British at all but instead was the Hessian Field J├Ąger Corps, a well-trained, elite unit.                                           

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To mark the "One Millionth Member" of the National Society, we are celebrating some of our local chapter's two hundred and forty members as described in this Middletown Transcript article: Cooch's Bridge DAR marks national milestone, celebrates local members - News - Middletown Transcript - Middletown, DE.pdf 

Meet DAR's One Millionth Member!

Introducing Amy Dickinson: DAR’s one millionth member to join since its founding in 1890. Dickinson is best known for her nationally syndicated advice column, “Ask Amy.” She is also the best-selling author of two memoirs, is a featured panelist on National Public Radio’s comedy quiz show, “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” and is a much sought-after public speaker. Read More...

DAR Fun Facts


  • The DAR Americana Collection (located in the DAR Museum in Washington, D.C.) contains the original signatures of signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.
  • During the Spanish-American War, DAR purchased a ship's tender for the USS Missouri to be used as a hospital launch for transporting the wounded from shore to ship.
  • After World War I, DAR funded the reconstruction of the water system in the village of Tilloloy, France, and donated more than $130,000 for the support of 3,600 French war orphans.
  • In 1921, DAR compiled and published the "DAR Manual for Citizenship." DAR distributed this guide to American immigrants at Ellis Island and other ports of entry. To date, more than 10 million manuals have been distributed.
  • DAR raised thousands of dollars to assist in the re-forestation project of the U.S. Forestry Service during the 1940s.
  • During World War II, DAR provided 197,000 soldiers with care packages and sponsored all 89 crews of Landing Craft Infantry ships.
  • In 2016, DAR members collected 100,904 letters to military personnel in one month to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™  in Patriotism for "most letters to military personnel collected in one month"!

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About the DAR

Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing American's future through better education for children. Learn more ...  The state society is found on Delaware State Society  NSDAR.



Become a member

As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts some 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older (regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background), who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. If you are interested in joining DAR and our chapter, please complete the membership interest form and contact our registrar by clicking Cooch's Bridge Registrar.

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