Delaware in the War of 1812

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Delaware in the War of 1812
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Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

The declaration of war in June 1812 caused the Delaware government to take action. In November 1812, it activated the militia and began ordering military supplies.[1]

On 26 December 1812, the British declared a blockade of the Delaware and Chesapeake bays though the British Fleet did not arrive in the area until Feb 1813. [1]

During the war, Delaware furnished 3,316 infantry men, 147 cavalry men, 318 artillery men, and 57 men in miscellaneous units for a total of 3,838 men.[2]

State Records[edit | edit source]

The Delaware Public Archives and the Delaware Historical Society have records of soldiers who served in this war. Delaware in the War of 1812 Delaware Public Archives

Service Records[edit | edit source]

  • United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815 at FamilySearch.org — index & images. This database gives the name, company, rank at time of induction and at time of discharge of 600,000 men mustered from all states into the armed forces between 1812 and 1825.
  • War of 1812 Service Records ar Ancestry.com — index, ($). This database gives name, company, rank at time of induction and at time of discharge of 600,000 men mustered from all states into the armed forces between 1812 and 1825.

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).

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.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.1 The War of 1812: Delaware's role in Americas Second War for Independence
  2. 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.