Military Subjects:  War of 1812


The War of 1812 Magazine

Issue 16: September 2011


New Print and Online Sources for War of 1812 Casualties and Pensioners.
By Don Graves

Recently, there have been some interesting new initiatives containing excellent research on the subject of American, British and Canadian casualties and veterans of the War of 1812.

The website, War of 1812 Casualty Databases, run by Christopher McKay, has set out to list the casualties of the British regiments that fought in the war. Funded by donations from individuals, its volunteers have carried out extensive research in the National Archives of Britain in Kew, Surrey. Their site provides a most useful compendium of information on the names, ranks and backgrounds of many British soldiers.

A exciting new project has been created by the Federation of Genealogical Societies of the USA who have funded a programme to digitalized the pension records of 77,000 veterans of the war held by the United States National Archives and Records Administration in Washington. More information about this project can be found at:

War of 1812 Pension Project

Finally, Jack Bilow of Plattsburgh, NY, has finished a decade of research into the fatal casualties, wounded, missing and prisoners on both sides in the northern theatre of war from Vermont through New York.  The result is an extremely interesting and useful volume entitled A War of 1812 Death Register. Based on research in the national archives of Britain, Canada and the United States, this large 519-page volume contains information on the casualties of almost all the major actions in the northern theatre, particularly Plattsburgh but also many other engagements and contains nearly 20,000 names in all. Not only that but it also has reproductions of many period maps, documents and memoirs. This handsome hardcover book, which will certainly become an indispensable source for historians, researchers, archivists, museum personnel and genealogists, is only available from the compiler. To acquire a copy, send a money order for $50 US to Jack Bilow at 8 Grace Avenue, Plattsburgh, New York, USA, 12901 and add $5 handling for the US or $8.50 handling for addresses in Canada.  Having seen this book, I think it will be a major new source for any serious student of the War of 1812.


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