War of 1812 Pension Files at Fold3

The documents in this collection include full pension application files for soldiers and sailors who served in the War of 1812, as well as for their widows and children, or other heirs. The first applications were filed by servicemen who were disabled as a result of their service, or by widows who lost a husband in the war.

The descriptive pamphlet for the Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files, M313, published by NARA, provides a great deal of background and explanatory information about the pension files and the acts that provided for them.

So far 65% of this collection has been indexed. The War of 1812 Pension Files at Fold3 is currently accessible at no charge.

It appears the battle of New Orleans was pretty important after all

Often, the Battle of New Orleans – the main battle took place Jan. 8, 1815 – is viewed as having been a great military victory, but inconsequential because a peace treaty between Britain and the United States was signed before the battle was fought.

Now we learn the British wanted New Orleans … Treaty? What treaty?

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