Virginia in the War of 1812

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During the War of 1812, Virginia furnished 65,354 infantry men, 8,803 cavalry men, 7,698 artillery men, and 10,036 men in miscellaneous troops for a total of 91,891 men.[1]


The Society of the War 1812 has several historical articles:

  • Virginia Bicentennial of the American War of 1812 Commission has a timeline of events in Virginia during the war.

Battles of the War of 1812

  • Lyman, Mayron (Mike) E and William H Hankins, Encounters with the British in Virginia during the War of 1812, (Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Virginia, c2009), 44 pages. FHL Book 975.5 M2L

Virginia Military Units

For a list of where regiments were raised and regimental and company officers, see:

  • Butler, Stuart Lee. A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing Co., 1988. (Family History Library book FHL book 975.5 M2bs.)
  • Virginia. Auditor of Public Accounts. Virginia Militia in the War of 1812: from rolls in the Auditor's office at Richmond. (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., 2001), 2 vol. FHL book 975.5 M2va


  • Harris, Nancy E. Ancestor index : Old Virginia Society 1907-1968 ; New Virginia Society 1969-1986 (Nationa Society, United States Daughters of 1812, Virginia State Library 1986 ) pages 58 FHL Book 975.5 D2
  • Prechtel-Kluskesn, Claire: Records relating to War of 1812 prisoners of war (Washington, District of Columbia, National Archives and Records Administration, 1995) 1 Microfilm FHL film 2155571

Service Records

  • Muster Rolls, Payrolls, and Index of the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1955. Published payroll and muster roll books are on Family History Library film 029991, which lists each soldier's name, rank, length of service, service dates, and county (residence). The card index on the first seven films indexes the two books. (Family History Library films 0029984-91)
  • War of 1812. Proof of military service during the War of 1812 may be found in two printed volumes: Pay Rolls of Militia Entitled to Land Bounty under the Act of Congress of Sept. 28, 1850 (1851) and Muster Rolls of the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812, Being a Supplement to the Pay Rolls (1852), reprinted as Virginia Militia in the War of 1812 from Rolls in the Auditor’s Office at Richmond (2001). A searchable index to these rolls is available on the Library’s Web site. Virginia did not grant bounty land or pensions for War of 1812 service. Since many soldiers serving in the War of 1812 ultimately werepaid by the federal government, records of their service may be on file in the National Archives. A useful index to these records is Patrick G. Wardell’s War of 1812: Virginia Bounty Land and Pension Applicants (1987).
    Genealogical Records at the Library of Virginia
  • Douthat, James L, Roster of War of 1812, Southside, Virginia" (Signal Mountain, Tennessee:  Mountain Press c2007) pages 302 FHL Book 975.5 M2L. Includes Albemarle, Amelia, Amherst, Bedford, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Greenville, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Luenenberg, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, Powhantan and Prince Edward Counties.
  • Lyman, Myron (Mike) E.: War of 1812 veteran burials at St. John's Episcopal Church graveyard, Richmond, VA
    (Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Virginia, c2009) pages 21FHL Book 975.5451 V3

Pension Records

The Family History Library also has microfilm copies of the National Archives indexes to the federal service, pension, and bounty land files, but the actual files are only at the National Archives.

Veterans who were still alive in 1883 and drew pensions are identified in a book that is now widely available on the Internet:

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883). Digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [Virginia section begins on page 58.] 973 M2Lp v. 5

Published abstracts of the federal pension and bounty land warrant applications are in:

  • Wardell, Patrick G. War of 1812: Virginia Bounty Land and Pension Applications. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1987. (Family History Library book 975 M2wp.) Gives marriage and death dates and places, spouses, and residences.

State Records

Muster rolls, pay rolls, and index of the Virginia militia in the War of 1812

  • Lyman, Myron E. Sr Location of War of 1812 veteran graves in Virginia : arranged alphabetically by veteran and by city or county location (Society of War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Virginia, c2009), Digital version and FHL CD-ROM no. 5918

Rolls of Honor

Biographical Sketches

Cemetery Records


Internet Sites

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.