Military Subjects: Organization, Strategy & Tactics

British Army Unit Strengths: 1808-1815
War of 1812

By Andrew Bamford

The War of 1812

These sets of returns cover British forces in North America during the conflict with the United States. Some, but not all, Canadian units are also included in these listings. They break down into three sections: Canada, Nova Scotia, and the American Coast. Except in the last case coverage is from January 1812 to July 1815, to record the build-up of forces as war began, and their run-down after peace was concluded.

Canada

These are the returns for the main British forces on the North American continent.

1812

Canada Monthly Return, January 1812
Canada Monthly Return, February 1812
Canada Monthly Return, March 1812
Canada Monthly Return, April 1812
Canada Monthly Return, May 1812
Canada Monthly Return, June 1812
Canada Monthly Return, July 1812
Canada Monthly Return, August 1812
Canada Monthly Return, September 1812
Canada Monthly Return, October 1812
Canada Monthly Return, November 1812
Canada Monthly Return, December 1812

1813

Canada Monthly Return, January 1813
Canada Monthly Return, February 1813
Canada Monthly Return, March 1813
Canada Monthly Return, April 1813
Canada Monthly Return, May 1813
Canada Monthly Return, June 1813
Canada Monthly Return, July 1813
Canada Monthly Return, August 1813
Canada Monthly Return, September 1813
Canada Monthly Return, October 1813
Canada Monthly Return, November 1813
Canada Monthly Return, December 1813

1814

Canada Monthly Return, January 1814
Canada Monthly Return, February 1814
Canada Monthly Return, March 1814
Canada Monthly Return, April 1814
Canada Monthly Return, May 1814
Canada Monthly Return, June 1814
Canada Monthly Return, July 1814
Canada Monthly Return, August 1814
Canada Monthly Return, September 1814
Canada Monthly Return, October 1814
Canada Monthly Return, November 1814
Canada Monthly Return, December 1814

1815

Canada Monthly Return, January 1815
Canada Monthly Return, February 1815
Canada Monthly Return, March 1815
Canada Monthly Return, April 1815
Canada Monthly Return, May 1815
Canada Monthly Return, June 1815
Canada Monthly Return, July 1815

Monthly total figures for this force can be found here: Canada Monthly Totals

Sources: The National Archives, WO17/1516-9

 

Placed on the Napoleon Series: December 2013

 

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