Illinois Territory in the War of 1812

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Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Introduction[edit | edit source]

During the War of 1812, the Illinois Territory furnished 1,303 infantry men, 1,005 cavalry men, and 49 men in miscellaneous troops for a total of 2,357.[1]

State Records[edit | edit source]

Bounty Land[edit | edit source]

Veterans were offered a total of 6 million acres of bounty land in Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, and later, Missouri. Starting in 1852 bounty land warrants were also awarded outside these assigned districts.

Bounty land applications and warrants for the Revolutionary War and some warrants for the War of 1812 have been microfilmed. They are available at the Family History Library and are described in this set of Wiki pages for those wars. For more information about bounty land records, the following sources will be helpful:

  • Land Warrants U.S. War Bounty Land Warrants, 1789-1858, can be found on ($). This data base contains bounty land warrants issued to veterans of the War of 1812, between 1815-1858.
  • War of 1812 Bounty Lands in Illinois. Thomson, Illinois: Heritage House, 1977. (FHL book 977.3 R2w; film 1035624 item 7; fiche 6051272) A reprint of Lands in Illinois to Soldiers of Late War. (26th Congress, 1st Session, 1840. House Doc. 262.) These records are arranged by date and include number of warrant, name of patentee, rank, description of the tract, and to whom delivered.

Service Records[edit | edit source]

  • Illinois War of 1812 Veterans. Includes index of Illinois militiamen listed on War of 1812 muster rolls, originally published in Adjutant General's 1882 report. Photocopies available upon request from Illinois State Archives.
  • War of 1812 Service Records is a database on ($) that gives name, company, rank at time of induction and at time of discharge of men mustered into the armed forces between 1812 and 1825. Also at, index & images.

Pension Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1883 Federal Pension Roll by County in Illinois. Contains some names of those who filed for pension in different counties. The information contains a list of Pensioners on the Roll, giving the name of each pensioner, the cause for which pensioned, the post-office address, the rate of pension per month and the date of original allowance, as called for by Senate Resolution of December 8, 1882.
  • Fold3 contains an incomplete digitized record of the War of 1812 Pension files. They can be viewed at Illinois War of 1812 Pension Files. Alphabetical by surname. Shows entire pension file for those digitized.

Roll of Honor[edit | edit source]

  • Free digital images are available in Illinois State Archives. They include War of 1812 veterans. Searchable by name.

Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Descendant Members of the District of Columbia Society contains registers for eight states and District of Columbia. Descendant Members of the Illinois Society identifies veteran and veteran ancestor by name, his rank, unit in which he served, dates of service, etc. Illinois Society on page 179.

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. 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. href="" Internet Archive.