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War of 1812: Pensions

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Cover of Virgil D. White's book on war of 1812 pensions

On this day in history:  The War of 1812 was officially ended by the Treaty of Ghent!  Pensions were filed for the War of 1812 in two different series.  Virgil D. White abstracts information found in both series.

The first series of pensions are filed in what is known as “the Old Wars” series, which comprises of pensions from the Revolutionary War until the end of the Civil War.  Most pensions for the War of 1812 are filed in the second series is titled Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files.  Both series are located at the National Archives. The acts of 1871 and 1878 that led to the creation of the second series stipulate that the soldier must have served a minimum of 60 days according to the act of 1871 and then later amended to a minimum 14 days in 1878.


War of 1812 – North Carolina Volunteers

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Previously, I have blogged about muster rolls related to the War of 1812 in January and August of this year.  Tons of information has been published on the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, but not a lot has been published on the War of 1812.  Today’s post is regarding rolls of microfilm from the National Archives (NARA) that we have in our collection.

How does this microfilm series differ from the muster roll lists I previously posted about?  The difference is the muster rolls reflect those in the North Carolina militia who served in the war while this microfilm series reflects those who volunteered for the war efforts and were not in the North Carolina militia, in other words, they were volunteers who helped the militia efforts, but were not militia themselves.


New Additions: The War of 1812

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New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

The Rockets’ Red Glare: An Illustrated History of the War of 1812, by Donald Hickey and Connie  Clark. The authors bring to life, in vivid detail, the experience of living through the War of 1812 by documenting the main battles and campaigns as well as the war’s domestic and diplomatic history.





The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict, Bicentennial Ed., by Donald Hickey. Revised for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, this thoroughly researched book provides a comprehensive exploration of the causes and consequences of the War of 1812 and its impact on the development of the United States as a nation.






Library materials will be available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.

War of 1812 – North Carolina Muster Rolls

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I will admit, I don’t know a lot about researching the War of 1812 soldiers as none of my ancestors served, but I have realized this year how difficult it is unless you are able to do research in the North Carolina State Archives, where most of the records are kept.  Unlike the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, not a lot has been published to help genealogists out with their research on War of 1812 soldiers.

I decided this week to talk about muster rolls for the war of 1812.  We have in our library a book called North Carolina Military Muster Rolls 1812 & 1814 by Ronald Vern Jackson.  This book is an index of muster rolls during 1812 and 1814 for soldiers from North Carolina.  For the purpose of this blog, I will refer to this as the Jackson Index.  There is a note on the inside cover of this book to refer to the Simpson Index  located in the North Carolina State Archives research room reference desk and that is also in our library under the title Adjutant General’s records : index to the manuscript muster rolls of the War of 1812


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