Maryland in the War of 1812

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Bombarment of Fort McHenry, September 13-14, 1814, Baltimore, Maryland

Introduction[edit | edit source]

During the War of 1812, Maryland supplied 46,119 infantry men, 3,323 cavalry men, 3,106 artillery men, and 111 men in miscellaneous troops for a total of 52,659 men.[1]

Explanation of the Major Record Types[edit | edit source]

  • Pearson, Thomas A., comp. Genealogical Records of the War of 1812: an Introduction and Selected Bibliography of Materials in the Collection of St. Louis Public Library. (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Public Library, July 2004).

Service Records[edit | edit source]

These records have not been microfilmed, so you must order photocopies from the National Archives.

  • Published abstracts of muster, pay, and receipt rolls of soldiers who served in the militia are in Maryland Militia War of 1812 [2]

Rosters[edit | edit source]

  • Marine, William M. The British Invasion of Maryland 1812 – 1815. (Baltimore: Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland, 1913). Appendix by Louis Henry Dielman has an alphabetical list of military personnel (p.199) and 11,000 Name Index with links (p.509). Digital versions at Internet Archives and Google Books.
  • General Society of the War of 1812. The Constitution and Register of Membership of the General Society of the War of 1812 to October 1, 1899, (Philadelphia: Dewey and Eakens, Makers, 1899). Contains registers for eight states and District of Columbia. Descendant Members of the Maryland Society identifies veteran ancestor by name, his rank, unit in which he served, dates of service, etc., page 101. FHL Digital Book
  • Ancestry. War of 1812 Service Records.($). This database gives name, company, rank at time of induction and at time of discharge of men mustered into the armed forces between 1812 and 1825.(Accessed 11 May 2012).
  • Militia. Wright, F. Edward, Maryland militia, War of 1812, (Silver Spring, Maryland 1979-). Contents: vol. 1. Eastern Shore -- v. 2. Baltimore -- v. 3. Cecil and Harford counties -- v. 4. Anne Arundel and Calvert -- v. 5. St. Marys and Charles counties -- v. 6. Prince George's County -- v. 7. Montgomery County. FHL book 975.2 M2w and CD-ROM no. 3260
  • Militia. Huntsberry, Thomas V and Joanne M Huntsberry, Western Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia militia in defense of Maryland, 1805 to 1815 (Baltimore, Maryland: T V Huntsberry, 1983) pages 182 FHL Book 975.2 M2h v. 1
  • Light Dragoons. War of 1812 Maryland Light Dragoons, history, lists the regiments and companies with the counties the men were from.
  • Privateers. Huntsberry, Thomas V., Maryland Privateers, War of 1812, (Baltimore, Maryland, 1983), 88 pages.
  • Soldier Listing and Member Roster. The Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland, Compiler C. Louis Raborg Jr, Registrar, published by the Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland. This book contains the members ancestry from 1892 to 2011 including birth, death, and marriage information of each member and their ancestors. (Custom Printing, Essex MD, 2011)

Pension Records[edit | edit source]

A soldier may have been recorded in state records (see below) or in federal records (see US War of 1812 Pension Records).

Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Huntsberry, Thomas V and Joanne M Huntsberry. North Point. (Baltimore, Maryland, J Mart, 1985), 122 pages. The battle of North Point delayed the British so the Americans could fortify Baltimore enough that the British could not take it. FHL book 975.2 M2h v. 4

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Maryland - Star-Spangled 200 features Star-Spangled History, helpful list of Maryland online resources, and celebratory events.(Accessed 13 Jun 2012).
  • The Society of The War of 1812 in Maryland along with it's counterpart, General Society of the War of 1812, works to provide information about the people between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812. Among the Societies' holdings are family histories. The Maryland Society has a new publication of all of its members' ancestors from Member #1 (1892) to #921 (2011).

Important National and International Sources[edit | edit source]

  • United States in the War of 1812 has lists of records, books, etc. for the United States, not just one state. The federal records are listed here rather than on each state page. Two of the most important are:
  • War of 1812, 1812 to 1815 has lists of general books and documentaries, as well as a list battles with links to web sites about the battles, and other information not tied to one country.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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.
  2. Wright, Frederick Edward. Maryland Militia War of 1812. Seven Volumes. Silver Spring, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1979-. Family History Library book 975.2 M2w