President Donald J. Trump’s salary for the first quarter of 2017 will go toward a pair of restoration and maintenance projects at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and one of its most pivotal, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday.
Zinke also announced that the federal government will provide $7.2 million in matching grants toward the preservation of land at 19 other battlefields associated with the American Revolution, the Civil War and the War of 1812.
Two of those sites are in Maryland — the battlefield near Boonsboro where the bloody Battle of South Mountain was fought on Sept. 14, 1862, and the one in Washington County where Gen. George G. Meade’s Army of the Potomac faced Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s forces at the Battle of Williamsport between July 6 and July 16, 1863.
During last year’s presidential campaign, Trump promised to give away his full-year presidential salary of $400,000 if he was elected.