The War of 1812 was a military conflict between the United States and the British Empire. Major battles took place at sea where both sides attacked merchant ships on land in the areas of New Orleans, Baltimore and along the Canadian border.
Fold3 (www.fold3.com) is providing War of 1812 records free to the public during June, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the commencement of the War of 1812. The databases include pension files, prize cases, letters received by the adjutant general from 1805-21 and service records from the war.
The collection of more than 400,000 images includes only 235,188 document images or 3 percent from the War of 1812 pension files. These records can include the veteran's name, age, place of residence, widow's name and her maiden name, marriage date, service data and dates, organization and rank, acres granted, year of Bureau of Land Management act, warrant number, soldier death date, and widow death date.
The War of 1812 prize cases, Southern District Court of New York are complete. The documents are related to the seized ships, their owners and cargos. Of particular interest are answers to interrogatories asked of sailors, witnesses and others associated with the prize vessel.
For more information about the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, go to http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions.