Category Archives: War of 1812

Stories about the War of 1812 including important battles, dates and people who helped fight America’s Second Revolution.

New book to assist in War of 1812 research

Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA announced today his new book is now available. The following statement is made available by Heritage Books, Inc.

Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers 1818-1872, and Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent


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Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers 1818-1872, and Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent

The purpose of this pamphlet is two-fold: to provide advice on how to effectively and efficiently use pension ledgers and as a finding aid to pension ledgers and pension vouchers that relate to Revolutionary War pensioners and some invalid pensioners of the War of 1812.

It is based on a finding aid found in the Microfilm Reading Room of the National Archives, Washington, D.C., and the author’s many years experience with pension ledgers and payment vouchers. The pensions that are the focus of this pamphlet are the various Revolutionary War and Old Wars pensions that were paid under various acts from the end of the Revolutionary War until the last act dealing with Revolutionary War widows in 1858.

They include:

  • Revolutionary War survivor pensions paid under the Acts of 1818, 1820, 1826, 1828 and 1832.
  • They include Revolutionary War widow pensions paid under the acts of 1836, 1838, 1843, 1844, 1848, 1853 and 1858.
  • They include payments made to invalid pensioners paid under the Old Wars pension act.
  • Some widows of soldiers who died in the War of 1812 are included among these ledgers, when paid prior to 1873.

Chapters include:

Pension Ledgers; Pension Payment Vouchers; Last Payments; Final Payments; Case Studies: Case Study #1: Isaac Kingman of Goshen, Massachusetts; Case Study #2: Daniel Waldo, one of the last surviving soldiers of the Revolution; Case Study #3: Hedgeman Triplett of Franklin County, Kentucky.

Facsimile reprints of original documents and two appendices (Pension Ledger roll list and Pension Ledger List by State, Location, and Act) add to the value of this work. 2014, 8½x11, paper, 78 pp.

ISBN: 0788455869


You can purchase this publication via Heritage Books, Inc.


A Song About the Song: O Say Can You See?

Our ancestors enjoyed music in their lives as much for education as for entertainment.  Francis Scott Key’s immortal poem about the Battle of Baltimore, set to melody, was the musical rallying cry that built morale and spread the news of the Battle of Baltimore across the nation with lightning speed.  “The Star Spangled Banner” is as moving now as it was then.

Today, Jonathan Jensen shows us that music still fills that role.  Jensen is a bassist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, but also enjoys folk music and composing.  He brings us a delightful story-telling folk song that tells the story of the battle and Francis Scott Key’s participation which inspired our national anthem.    His catchy tune, pleasant voice, and the beautiful images in this video put us in the mood to take a few minutes to again consider the significance of our national anthem and the impact of the War of 1812 on our current freedoms.



Many thanks to Jonathan Jensen for sharing his talent and inspiration with us.  Share it with your friends, and while you’re at it, you can take a peek into the War of 1812 Pensions being digitized right now and available to view for free at  Where do you think your ancestor was the first time he or she heard “The Star Spangled Banner”?  You may not learn that in the pensions but there is so much you could learn about your patriot ancestors and their part in protecting our nation.



Video Release: Curt Witcher, No Document Left Behind

We have already released two videos in the month of October, and today we release another. The new Preserve the Pensions promotional videos, featuring D. Joshua Taylor, David Rencher, and Curt Witcher, offer a unique take on the importance of digitizing the War of 1812 Pensions Application files.

The third video on our series features Curt Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF. Curt is the Genealogy Center Manager and Senior Manager of Special Collections for the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He also serves as a Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Director.

The War of 1812 Pension files can only be found on paper, they have never been microfilmed, never been digitized. Until now. These pension packets can include dozens, sometimes hundreds, of documents that likely cannot be found anywhere else, and they are in urgent need of preservation. Just as the Marines say today, “no man left behind,” we at Preserve the Pensions say, “no document left behind!”


 “We all share a common interest of preserving these valuable historical documents, and making them accessible for generations to come.” ~ Curt Witcher

Whether you are a historian, genealogist, military enthusiast, educator, or interested in these documents in another way, we all have one thing in common: this is our history. Every citizen of the United States shares this story. Every citizen has the ability to play a part in preserving these pieces for all future generations.

The Power of Video

The pensions are a powerful tool in the genealogists’s and historian’s toolboox. Video is an equally powerful tool in the communications toolbox. It allows us to distill a topic we could spend hours talking about down to its essential elements within a compelling narrative. These videos offer us the opportunity to convey our cause to people who may never have heard of the project in a way sure to get, and hold, their attention.

We hope you enjoy the videos yourself and will help us share them far and wide. So we may achieve our goal of preserving this incredible collection and providing to you free now, free forever. You can see all four at our YouTube Channel:

Preserve the Pensions YouTube

Consider subscribing if you visit. We’ll be adding additional video content on our activities at conferences, War of 1812 events and Google Hangouts on Air.