Illinois Territory in the War of 1812

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Fort Armstrong, Rock Island, Illinois, War of 1812


During the War of 1812, the Illinois Territory furnished 1,303 infantry men, 1,005 cavalry men, and 49 men in miscellaneous troops for a total of 2,357.[1]

State Records

Bounty Land

An index for War of 1812 bounty land warrants for land located in Illinois is:

United States. General Land Office. Federal Land Records: 'Transcripts of the Locations of Military Warrants on Which Patents Have [Been] Issued Under the Acts of Congress Passed On and Since the Sixth of May, 1812 for  Illinois; 1817–1819.' Springfield, Illinois: Office of the Secretary of State, Record Management Division, 1966, 1968. FHL films 882927–29 (indexes); 899785, items 1–3 (transcription of military warrants vols. 807–8, 1817 to 1819) The warrant numbers given in the index refer to:

  • Bounty land in Arkansas, Illinois, and Missouri was issued to soldiers who served in the War of 1812. Copies of the bounty land warrants are on 14 films at the Family History Library. The names of Illinois patentees are indexed in "War of 1812, military bounty land warrants, 1815-1858" (NARA M848) (FHL 983163) (Worldcat). The records provide the name of the soldier and his rank, unit, date of warrant, and the date the land was located.
  • War of 1812 Bounty Lands in Illinois. 1840. Reprint, Thomson, Illinois: Heritage House, 1977; originally published, as House Document 262, 26th Congress, 1st Session, 1840. FHL Film 1035624, item 7;fiche 6051272; Book 977.3 R2w

Service Records

  • Illinois Sate Archives, Digital version of Illinois War of 1812 Veterans, Index of Illinois militiamen listed on War of 1812 muster rolls (originally published in Adjutant General's 1882 report),(free)compiled by Fred Delap.
  • 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 Bookcontains registers for eight states and District of Columbia. Descendant Members of the Illinois Society identifies veteran ancestor by name, his rank, unit in which he served, dates of service, etc., page 179.
  • Ancestry, War of 1812 Service Records ($), (accessed 11 May 2012) 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.

Pension Records

Cemetery Records

Other Sources


Internet Sites


  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.