Great Britain in the War of 1812
Introduction[edit | edit source]
The War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada. It formally began on June 18, 1812. To end the war, the treaty of Ghent was signed 24 December 1814. However another battle was fought 8 January 1815 at New Orleans.
British Military Units[edit | edit source]
- British Regular Regiments in North America during the War of 1812, compiled by Robert Henderson, lists the regiments by type (cavalry, infantry, etc.) with engagements each fought, the years in the war, and the colors of their uniforms.
Only two British regular cavalry units were involved in the War of 1812:
- 19th Light Dragoons in Canada, see the Wikipedia article, 19th Light Dragoons
- 14th Light Dragoons on the American coast, see 14th King's Hussars.
British Privateers[edit | edit source]
- Dun, Michael. War of 1812: Privateers, explains ways to find information about a British privateer.
- Dun, Michael. Great Britain Privateers, This site has several lists, one by name of ship, one by name of ship's master, one for officers, and one for crew.
British Prisoners of War[edit | edit source]
- Dun, Michael. British Prisoners in the United States is an index of about 15,500 prisoners, which includes passengers on merchant vessels, including children, Canadian and British soldiers, and Royal Navy personnel. Seamen who weren't British are indicated as are black or mulatto sailors.
Casualties[edit | edit source]
- War of 1812 Casualty Database, Canadian and British Regiments, is searchable by name, rank, regiment, company officer, county, previous occupation, manner of death, place of event. Regiments are still being added.
British Aliens in the United States[edit | edit source]
- Murphy, Polly Lewis,Letters of marque and British aliens in the U.S. during the War of 1812.(Lawton, Oklahoma, 1987). 162 pages. FHL book 973 H2mu
- Kenneth Scott, comp. British aliens in the United States during the War of 1812. Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, 1979. FHL 973 W4s
- "War of 1812 papers" of the Department of State, 1789-1815. NARA M588