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 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 Jäger Corps, a well-trained, elite unit.
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...
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