Indiana Territory in the War of 1812

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During the War of 1812, the Indiana Territory furnished 2,966 infantry men, 406 cavalry men, and 8 men in miscellaneous troops for a total of 3,380 men.[1]

State Records

A useful source that lists the Indiana soldiers is:

  • Franklin, Charles M. Indiana, War of 1812 Soldiers: Militia. Indianapolis: Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1984. (Family History Library book 977.2 M2fr) This contains transcriptions of muster rolls and payrolls of various companies as they are preserved in the National Archives. There is a surname index.

In 1886, 1890, and 1894, records were made that list some soldiers from the War of 1812 (and later wars), and their widows and orphans:

  • Indiana Adjutant General. Enrollment of the Late Soldiers, Their Widows, and Orphans of the Late Armies of the United States, Residing in the State of Indiana for the Years 1886–1894. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. (On 89 Family History Library films beginning with 1605057).
These lists of veterans and their widows and orphans were made by county assessors, starting in 1886. They include veterans of the War of 1812, Indian Wars, and the Civil War. The lists were made in 1886, 1890, and 1894. They list name, rank, company, regiment, state to which the regiment belonged, race, war, present post office address, and number of children under 16.
The index to these records is:
  • The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library also has Indiana Territory Militia muster rolls, payrolls and receipt rolls for the War of 1812 on microfilm.


Index to Indiana Enrollments of Soldiers, Their Widows and Orphans, 1886, 1890, and 1894.Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. (On 13 Family History Library films beginning with 1556996). This index provides the name of the person, the county and township of residence, and the year of enrollment. The records are in order by county, township, then alphabetical by surname. This index is a partial substitute for the 1890 census. The original records are at the Indiana State Archives, and the card index is in the Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library. The index is to the 1886 Enumeration; if it was missing for a township or town, then the 1890 Enumeration was used; if both were missing, the 1894 Enumeration was used. The original enumerations are a second set, with the first set deposited in the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. Whenever an enumeration was missing at the Indiana State Archives, the clerk’s copy, if found, was microfilmed and is in the Family History Library.

Pension Records

"Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files," a multi-roll microfilm set, is available at the Indiana State Library and in The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne.

Cemetery Records

Other Sources


  • Loughery's defeat and Pigeon Roost Massacre, with introductory sketch (Indianapolis, Indiana, Bowen-Merrill Company, 1888) pages 97-134.FHL Book 977.2 B4

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.