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Cooch's Bridge Chapter

Daughters of the American Revolution in Newark, Delaware

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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; no where 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.

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. www.dar.org/million

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 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:

Historical - to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence;

Educational - to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, "to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion…"; and

Patriotic - to cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.

DAR Fun Facts

  • The DAR Americana Collection 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 RECORDSTM 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, DC, 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...


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As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts over 185,000 members in 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.

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