Louisiana in the War of 1812
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.
The last battle of the War of 1812 took place January 8, 1815 in New Orleans. The battle happened after the peace treaty was signed December 24, 1814 because the news of the treaty did not arrive before the battle. In fact, the news of the battle arrived in the other states before the news of the peace treaty. Congress ratified the treaty February 17, 1815, officially ending the war.
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).
- Access Genealogy. Index to Louisiana Soldiers during the War of 1812.(Free). Scroll down to records by state. Other military records also available. (Hosted by USGenWeb Archives War of 1812 Project). (Accessed 11 May 2012).
- Ancestry. Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812($) and War of 1812 Service Records ($) These two databases contain much the same information but the Service Records include discharge rank as well as induction rank and the company in which the soldier served.
- United States. Adjutant General's Office, 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 880010-12. Service records are at the National Archives, Record Group 94.
- 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.
- Casey, Powell A. Louisiana in the War of 1812. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Casey, 1963; Family History Library). This includes troop rosters. FHL 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.
- Miscellaneous Louisiana Militia Records, 1808, 1814-1828, (microfilm of original records at the Louisiana National Guard, Jackson Barracks, New Orleans). These records include the following: Roster of officers of the militia, Orleans Territory, 1808; Louisiana military campaign, a History of Concordia Parish, by R. D. Calhoun, 1814-1815. Orleans battalion of volunteers, 1814-1815. Louisiana Legion, 1803. Consolidated companies, 1815-1828. Organizations of militia, 1815-1828. Unidentified appendices. List of Kentuckians in the Battle of New Orleans, p. 179-202. FHL film 1704156 item 15
- A soldier may have been recorded in state records (see below) or in federal records (see US War of 1812 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.
- Fold3. Louisiana War of 1812 Pension Files . (Free). Alphabetical by surname. Shows the entire pension file for those digitized. Incomplete as of 1 June 2012.
- 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
- Casey, Powell A. Lousiana in the War of 1812. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 1963). FHL book 976.3 M2c
- Riffel, Judy. Genealogical Selections from the Acts of the Louisiana Legislature, 1804-1879. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Comité des Archives de la Louisiane, c2005). FHL book 976.3 P3r
- Smith, Zachary F. The Battle of New Orleans: Including the Previous Engagements Between the Americans and the British, the Indians, and the Spanish which Led to the Final Conflict on the 8th of January, 1815. (Louisville, Kentucky: John P. Morton and Co., c1904). FHL book 976.9 B4f no. 19
Important National and International Sources
- United States in the War of 1812 has lists of records, books, etc. for the United States, not just one state. The federal records are listed here rather than on each state page. Two of the most important are:
- FamilySearch Historical Records Collection On line Database: United States, War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910
- FamilySearch Historical Records Collection On line Database: United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815
- War of 1812, 1812 to 1815 has lists of general books and documentaries, as well as a list battles with links to web sites about the battles, and other information not tied to one country.
- 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.