Kentucky in the War of 1812

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During the War of 1812, Kentucky furnished 11,882 infantry men, 8,285 cavalry men, and 72 men to miscellaneous troops for a total of 20,239 men.[1]

Service Records and Rosters

  • Kentucky. Adjutant General. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky. Soldiers of the War of 1812. 1891. Reprint, Greenville, South Carolina: Southern Historical, 1992. Digital version at Internet Archives. Book version FHL book 976.9 M2ke; film 1463598 item 2. This book lists by company all soldiers who served, giving their name, rank, enlistment and termination dates. An index is included with the book.
  • Index to Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, Soldiers of the War of 1812. Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society, 1968. (Family History Library film FHL film 1463598.)
  • Nacke, Judy Pierce and Brian D Harney Report of the Adjutant General of the state of Kentucky. Soldiers of the War of 1812 (Greenville, South Carolina 1992), 370, [84] pages,. FHL Book 976.9 M2ke
  • Ancestry. War of 1812 Service Records. ($). 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. (Accessed 11 May 2012).
  • Wilder, Mannie S., Kentucky Soldiers of the War of 1812, (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1969). FHL 976.9 M23k

Pension Records

  • Fold3. Kentucky War of 1812 Pension Files .(Free). Alphabetical by surname. Shows entire pension file for those digitized. Incomplete as of 1 June 2012.
  • War of 1812 pensioners, Kentucky: transcribed from Government Printing Office material,1883, (Gregath Publishing Company, Eastern Division, copyright 1983) 145 pages.  FHL Book 976.9 M2wa
  • Broglin Jane Sloan: Kentucky abstracts of pensions: Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Indian wars (Indianapolis, Indiana: Heritage House, c1999) 4 Vol. FHL Book 976.9 M28b
  • Kentucky military pensioners (Indianapolis, Indiana researchers, [199 -]), 32 leaves. FHL Book 976.9 M2km "Persons living in Kentucky who applied for military pensions under the pension acts of 1818, 1832, and 1828 based on service in the revolutionary war and the war of 1812."


  • Quisenberry, Anderson Chenault, Kentucky in the War of 1812 (Baltimore, Maryland, Genealogical Publishing Co. copyright 1969), 242 pages. FHL Book 976.9 M25q
  • Hammack, James Wallace, Kentucky and the second American revolution, the War of 1812, (Lexington, Kentucky; University Press of Kentucky, c1976), 115 pages. FHL Book 976.9 H2h

Biographical Sketches

  • Clift, G. Glenn, Notes on Kentucky veterans of the War of 1812 (Anchorage, Kentucky, Borderland Books, 1964), pages 58. FHL Book 976.9 M2c
  • Northcutt, William Brooks Diary, 1812 (War of 1812) and personal history (Frankfort, Kentucky and Kentucky Historical Society, copyright 1966) (William Northcutt was from Campbell and Bourbon County, Kentucky) 1 microfilm FHL Film 467972 Item 1

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.