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Research Guide to War of 1812 Sources at the Connecticut State Library

The following sources are suggested.

Published Materials:

Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, War of 1812, and Mexican War. Hartford, 1889 [CSL call number: History Reference D Ad44 res].

An Index of Veterans of Connecticut During the Years, 1812, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1816, War of 1812. 2 volumes. 1964 [CSL call number History Reference E 351.32 .N38].

White, Virgil. Index to War of 1812 Pension Files. 3 volumes. Waynesboro, TN: National Historic Publishing Company, 1989 [CSL call number History Reference E 359.4 .W45 1989].

Archival Materials on Microfilm

The Connecticut Archives collection comprises the records of the General Assembly to approximately 1820 and is grouped into broad topics. For more information about this collection, see the main Connecticut Archives page. The series pertaining to War of 1812 records include:

Connecticut Archives: War of 1812. The index volumes provide access by person, place, and subject. Selected topics include:

Connecticut Archives: Militia, Series 3, 1728-1820.

Films of all the Connecticut Archives series are arranged alphabetically by series title in a cabinet in the History and Genealogy  Reading Room. For more information about this collection, see the main Connecticut Archives page. 

Archival Materials
State Archives Record Group 13, Records of the Military Department, includes the following selected materials:

RG 13:2, Collector of State Taxes, March-May 1815. Includes lists of persons exempted from military service.

RG 13:5, Adjutant General, 1818-39. Resignations and discharges.

RG 13:7, United States Army, August 1807-1808. Muster rolls and inspection reports.

RG 13:8, Adjutant General, 1810-61, Returns and reports of militia units.

RG 13:11, Adjutant General, 1850-63. Enrollment reports from town clerks, listing those eligible for service or exempt, 1850-63.

RG 13:17, General and Field officers, May, 1825. List of resignations and appointments.

RG 13:18, Field Officers, 1831.

RG 13:22, Courts martial, 1800-1862. Proceedings and related papers.

The staff of the History and Genealogy Unit does not search or provide copies of military records. Those wishing to access materials in the State Archives should consult the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections Materials. A list of Professional Genealogists Familiar with Connecticut State Library Collections is available for your consideration if you are unable to visit the Connecticut State Library personally.

Copies of military records and pension application files can be ordered from the National Archives. Request NATF Form 80, Order for Copies of Veterans' Records, in an email addressed to inquire@nara.gov or in a letter address to the National Archives and Records Administration, Attn: NWCTB, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001. Be sure to provide your name and postal mailing address, specify the form number, and state the number of forms you need (limit 6 per order). Additional information on how to obtain copies is available on the NARA website.

Prepared by the History and Genealogy Unit, Connecticut State Library, 11-96, 2-10.