District of Columbia in the War of 1812

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During the War of 1812, the District of Columbia furnished 3,374 infantry men, 375 cavalry men, 796 artillery men, and 2 men in miscellaneous troops for a total of 4,547 men.[1]

Explanation of the Major Record Types

  • 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).

State Records

Service Records

  • 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). This contains registers for eight states and District of Columbia. Descendant Members of the District of Columbia Society identifies veteran veteran or veteran ancestor by name, his rank, unit in which he served, dates of service, etc., page 189. Family Search. FHL Digital Book

A register of officers of the militia of the District of Columbia, 1813 to 1830, is in Record Group 94 of the Records of the Adjutant General's Office in the National Archives.

Pension Records

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

Other Sources


  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.