Louisiana in the War of 1812

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During the War of 1812, Louisiana supplied 7,491 infantry men, 988 cavalry men, 163 artillery men, and 1,045 men in miscellaneous troops for a total of 9,687 men.[1]

The last battle of the War of 1812 took place in January 1815 in New Orleans. The battle happened after the war officially ended in December 1814.

Casey, Powell A. ''Lousiana in the War of 1812" (Baton Rouge, Louisiana 1963) FHL Book 976.3 M2

Riffel, Judy: Genealogical selections from the acts of the Louisiana legislature, 1804-1879 *Baton Rouge, Louisiana : Comité des Archives de la Louisiane, c2005) pages 196 FHL 976.3 P3

Louisiana Military Units

The following information about military units (currently incomplete) is taken from Index to Louisiana Soldiers During the War of 1812, which is a name index taken from the index compiled by John Bennett Pierson.


Service Records

  • An index to compiled service records of Louisiana soldiers who served in the War of 1812 is on Family History Libraryfilms 880010-12. The service records and pension files are at the National Archives.
  • Index to compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the War of 1812 in organizations from the state of Louisiana 1812-1815, (NARA M229) (FHL films 0880010–12)
  • Pierson, Marion John Bennett, comp., Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812, ([S.l.]: Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society, 1963). This is a roster of 12,500 persons in alphabetical order taken from the card files of the Adjutant General. Basically this is a comprehensive index to the the compiled service records. FHL book 976.3 M23p The USGenWeb list taken from this book gives name, rank, company and regiment or unit.
  • Troop rosters are in Powell A. Casey, Louisiana in the War of 1812 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Casey, 1963; Family History Library book 976.3 M2c).
  • Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812 on Ancestry.com ($) is a name searchable list of soldiers in the state militia during the War of 1812. Each entry includes the soldiers name , rank, company, and regiment or other unit.
  • Louisiana Miscellaneous Military Rosters, microfilm of typescript housed at the Louisiana National Guard, Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, Louisiana, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990). FHL film 1704157 Item 9.
  • Riddell, William Renwick, A Canadian's view of the battle of Plattsburgh; a Canadian's view of the battle of New Orleans; the century of peace and its significance, (Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1987), 42 pages. FHL Collection.

Pension Records

  • Louisiana War of 1812 Pension Lists with a description of records. This is alphabetical by name of the widow or veteran. For a widow, the name of her soldier husband is given. It gives the amount of money paid to the veteran or widow each quarter.
  • Louisiana State Pension Applications, War of 1812 Records consist of petitions to the court and the court proceedings proving eligibility for pension rights to soldiers of the War of 1812 and/or the Battle of New Orleans, which occurred in December 1814 and January 1815. This was a state funded pension and not a federal pension. They are arranged in alphabetical order according to the applicant. For more information, see Louisiana State Pension Applications, War of 1812 Records
  • War of 1812 Pensioners Living in Florida and Louisiana in the 1880's: and Others on the Roll Including Some Civil War Pensioners, (Wyandotte, Oklahoma: Gregath, [199-?] ). FHL book 975.9 A1 no. 195

Biographical Sketches

Tatum, Howell Transcribed extracts of Major Howell Tatum's journal while acting as topographical engineer, 1814, to General Jackson (Salt Lake City, Utah 1990) FHL Film 1705543 Item 5

Cemetery Records

Other Sources


Miscellaneous Lousian Militia Records, 1808, 1814-1828

Pierson, Marion John Bennett, Louisana soldiers in the War of 1812 (Louisana Genealogical & Historical Society, 1963) pages 124

Raymond, Charles E,  Rapides Parish pensionars in the War of 1812 (New Orleans: Polyanthos c1977), pages 134


  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.