Rhode Island in the War of 1812

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Captain Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819), U.S. Navy

Introduction[edit | edit source]

During the War of 1812, Rhode Island supplied 746 infantry men and 164 artillery men for a total of 910 men.[1]

Explanation of the Major Record Types[edit | edit source]

  • Pearson, Thomas A., comp. Genealogical Records of the War of 1812: an Introduction and Selected Bibliography of Materials in the Collection of St. Louis Public Library. (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Public Library, July 2004).

Service Records[edit | edit source]

  • Ancestry. War of 1812 Service Records. ($). Database gives name, company, rank at time of induction and at time of discharge of men mustered from all states into the armed forces between 1812 and 1825. (Accessed 11 May 2012).
  • The Family History Library also has state military papers that include some enlistment certificates for soldiers. FHL films 954957-58

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).

State Records[edit | edit source]

  • Rhode Island State Archives, Military papers- War of 1812 : 1792-1794, 1812-1816 ( Salt Lake City, Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974) FHL Films 954957 Item 1 – 954958

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 websites about the battles, and other information not tied to one country.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

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.