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Military Resources: War of 1812

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"Defending Norfolk in the War of 1812"
Stuart L. Butler wrote this article published in Prologue in 2013.

"Diplomacy and Duels on the High Seas: Littleton Waller Tazewell and the Challenge of HMS Euryalus"
Stuart Butler's Prologue article about a confrontation between two ships that is called off by the outbreak of peace ending the War of 1812.

"Genealogical Fallout from the War of 1812"
An article on Seamen's Protection Certificates written by Ruth Priest Dixon and published in Prologue.

"Genealogical Records of the War of 1812"
A Prologue article by Stuart L. Butler on War of 1812 records in the National Archives, including discussion of Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Military Service Records, and Naval and Marine Corps Records.

"Leaving the Army during Mr. Madison's War: Certificates of Discharge for the War of 1812"
John P. Deeben and Claire Prechtel-Kluskens describe these records and their value to genealogical research.

"Old Ironsides: Warrior and Survivor"
Ellen Fried's interview in Prologue with Col. David G. Fitz-Enz, author of Old Ironsides, Eagle of the Sea.

Records about Impressed Seamen, 1793-1814
NARA web page on records about the repatriation of American citizens impressed by foreign powers from the end of the American Revolution to the conclusion of the War of 1812.

War of 1812 Discharge Certificates
NARA web page on discharge certificates and other records relating to the discharge of soldiers from the Regular Army, 1792-1815.

"The War of 1812: Stoking the Fires: The Impressment of Seaman Charles Davis by the U.S. Navy"
John P. Deeben's description of impressment during the War of 1812.

Other Resources

A Guide to the War of 1812
Guide to the digitized materials in the Library of Congress.

Index to War of 1812 Pay Rolls and Muster Rolls
Word or phrase search provided by the Library of Virginia.

Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in the War of 1812
List of all commissioned and warrant officers of the Navy and Marines on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.

Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812
Smithsonian site on the Star-Spangled Banner.

United States Naval History: A Bibliography
Naval History and Heritage Command bibliography on naval history during the War of 1812.

The War of 1812
Chapter 6 from American Military History, part of the Army Historical Series of the Office of the Chief of Military History, U.S. Army.

The War of 1812
This PBS web site includes the film, essays, historic sites and more.

The War of 1812
Information about the war from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.