US War of 1812 Prisoner of War Records

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Prisoner of War Records

Records Relating to War of 1812 Prisoners of War

"Records Relating to War of 1812 Prisoners of War" (NARA M2019)


An index to the above records, "Index to War of 1812 Prisoner of War Records" (NARA M1747), is also available:

  • Locate these records at a library using Worldcat.
  • Family History Library - Not available at the Family History Library.

Other Online Records

British Prisoner of War Books

"Records Relating to American Prisoners of War, 1812–1815, from the Public Record Office, London". General entry books for American prisoners incarcerated on ships and in prisons. They give each prisoner’s name; ship; date and place of capture; rank; birthplace; age; physical description; and details of discharge, death, or escape.

  • Huntsberry, Thomas V and Joanne M Huntsberry. Dartmoor Prison. (Baltimore, Maryland: J. Mart, 1984). 85 pages. About the Dartmoor Prison in Devon, England where many U.S. citizens were incarcerated during the War of 1812. Includes a list of American prisoners kept at Dartmoor Prison. 6,554 Americans were kept at this prison. Approximately 581 died while prisoners.FHL book 975.2 M2h v. 3
A guide to this collection is:
  • "Records Relating to American Prisoners of War, 1812–1815". Yorkshire, England: EP Microform, Limited, 1980. (FHL book 973 M2dye)

Historical Register and Dictionary of the US Army

  • The "Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army..." by Francis B. Heitman lists Regular Army and volunteer officers from 1789 to 1903 in two volumes giving a brief history of the officers service and awards received. Casualties (including prisoners of war) from 1789 to 1902 are also listed as well as a chronological list of battles, actions, etc., in which troops of the Regular Army have participated. See Vol.2 pp.13-42 for a list of officers of the regular army that were killed, wounded, or taken prisoner between 1789 to 1903

Additional Prisoner of War Records