Michigan Territory in the War of 1812

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William Hull (1753-1825), 1st Governor of Michigan Territory 1805-1813 and a U.S. General in 1812


During the War of 1812, the Michigan Territory supplied 534 infantry men and 22 cavalry men for a total of 556 men.[1]

Fort Mackinac was in American hands at the beginning of the War of 1812. However, the British captured it June 17, 1812 and kept it throughout the war.  For more information, see the Wikipedia article, Fort Mackinac.

Detroit was surrendered to the British on August 16, 1812.

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).

State Records

  • Miller, Alice Turner Soldiers of the War of 1812, who died in Michigan (Ithaca, Michigan, 1962) pages 335. FHL Book 977.4 M23
  • Sebring, Lorna D and Alice Turner Miller, Gratiot County veterans, War of 1812 (Ithica, Michigan 1997) pages 21 FHL Book 977.449 M2

Service Records

Pension Records

A soldier may have been recorded in state records (see below) or in federal records (see US War of 1812 Pension Records).

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.