Massachusetts in the War of 1812

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Massachusetts in the War of 1812
Bombarment of Fort McHenry, September 13-14, 1814, Baltimore, Maryland

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

During the War of 1812, Massachusetts supplied 43,321 infantry men, 446 cavalry men, 2,714 artillery men, and 200 men in miscellaneous troops for a total of 46,681 men.[1]

Service Records[edit | edit source]

  • Ancestry.War of 1812 Service Records.($). This database gives name, company, rank at time of induction and at time of discharge of men mustered  into the armed forces between 1812 and 1825.
  • Massachusetts. Adjutant General. Muster Rolls and Payrolls of the Massachusetts Militia, 1812-1815. The FHL has a digitized collection of Muster Rolls and Payrolls. They contain soldier's name, occupation, rank, marital status, date of enlistment, date of discharge, date of muster-in, date of muster-out, and some 2109974 items 4-5.
  • Adjutant General of Massachusetts. Records of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia : Called Out By the Governor of Massachusetts to Suppress a Threatened Invasion During the War of 1812-14 FHL film 1033995 item 5 Digitized book lists commander, unit, soldier's name, and service dates. Index starts on page 315. Searchable at
  • General Society of the War of 1812, The Constitution and Register of Membership of the General Society of the War of 1812 to October 1, 1899], Philadelphia, Dewey & Eakens, Makers 1899). Family Search. FHL Digital Book contains registers for eight states and District of Columbia. Descendant Members of the Massachusetts Society identifies veteran ancestor by name, his rank, unit in which he served, dates of service, etc., page 135.

Pension Records[edit | edit source]

A soldier may have been recorded in state records (see below) or in federal records (see US War of 1812 Pension Records).

Important National and International Sources[edit | edit source]

  • United States in the War of 1812 has lists of records, books, etc. for the United States, not just one state. The federal records are listed here rather than on each state page. Two of the most important are:
  • War of 1812, 1812 to 1815 has lists of general books and documentaries, as well as a list battles with links to web sites about the battles, and other information not tied to one country.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Crowninshield, B.B., An account of the private armed ship "America" of Salem ( Washington, D.C. Filmed by the Library of Congress, 1975) Salem Massachesetts. FHL Film 1550318 Item 14

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wesley Potter Kremer. 100 Great Battles of the Rebellion;...Also, All the Battles of the Revolution, War of 1812-5, Mexican War, Indian Battles, American-Spanish War, and Naval Battles. (Hoboken, N.J.: s.n., 1906), p. 326. Internet Archive.