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Overall Connecticut disapproved of the War of 1812. The militia was forbidden to leave the state, and only about 3,000 Connecticut militiamen saw active duty for any length of time. In the Regular Army, Connecticut had 160 men and 156 officers. The legislature did spend some money on internal defenses, including funds for 3,000 muskets, eight cannon, 600 pounds of powder, and five tons of bullets.[1]

In June 1814, the British cornered a U.S. naval squadron in New London. Some 6,000 Connecticut militiamen rushed there, and their presence may have restrained the British, allowing the American sailors escaped overland. The British then caused about $200,000 worth of damage to shipping at Essex. In August 1814, five British ships bombarded Stonington for three days.[1]

In late 1814, the Hartford Convention met at the Old State House to draft anti-war resolutions.[1]

Country Records

Service Records

  • A major published source is Connecticut Adjutant General, Records of Service of Connecticut Men in the I. War of the Revolution, II. War of 1812, III. Mexican War (Hartford, Connecticut: Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1889;Family History Librarybook 974.6 M2ca; film 1036328 item 4; fiche 6046698).

Pension Records

State Records

Rolls of Honor

Congress decorated two Connecticut men who served in the U.S. Navy: Isaac Hull (1773-1843), who commanded the U.S.S. Constitution, and Thomas MacDonough (1783-1825), the hero of Plattsburg Bay. Though MacDonough was not born in Connecticut,he considered Middletown his home.

Biographical Sketches

Soldiers Homes

Cemetery Records

Internet Sites

Other Sources



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Connecticut's Heritage Gateway, Connecticut at War, article by Joseph Duffy, East Catholic High School.