Category Archives: War of 1812

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

With Our Thanks

As our country settles into the celebration of Thanksgiving, we at Preserve the Pensions wanted to also give our thanks. Our effort to raise enough funds to digitize the War of 1812 Pension files continues, but today, we stop to reflect on why this project is so important. Not just to us, but to thousands of people through history.

We asked our team; what are you thankful for?

I am thankful for patriots who stood tall when their country needed them and risked their lives for my freedom! ~ David Rencher

I am thankful for the Preserve the War of 1812 Pensions Project because they reveal so much about the time, the individuals, and their spouses. It has been wonderful browsing through the records and learning. ~ Fran Ellsworth

I am grateful for those families the soldiers left at home – the women and children who also sacrificed to make this country what it is today. ~ D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

I am thankful for the record keepers who recorded and preserved the valuable information found in the War of 1812 Pension records, so that we might read these records today. ~ Elaine Hasleton, AG

I am grateful for the amazing generosity of many thousands of individuals and organizations who are putting more than seven million historical documents in every classroom in America – documents that tell stories of patriotism, hardship, longing, honor, and every-day life. ~ Curt Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF


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America. To those, who wish to sheathe the desolating sword of war. And, to restore the blessings of peace and amity, to a divided people


I am thankful for everyone who has made it possible to digitize and publish the pension records from the War of 1812. I am deeply grateful that these records are online for everyone to freely use. This project made it possible for me to see my ancestors pension for the very first time! ~ Fran Jensen

I am thankful for a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. Seeing their struggles, their relationships, and just who they write about their lives particularly during the war helps me visualize them so much better and brings them to life for me. ~ Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

I am humbly thankful for the blood that was shed on our behalf by the soldiers, sailors, and Marines that died during this second war of Independence. ~ Mike Hall

I am thankful for my expanded knowledge of the War of 1812. In learning I have a new appreciation for my heritage, before and since America became the United States of America. The cost is far greater than I had imagined before. God bless those that fought then and today. ~ Janett Call

My thanks go to those that work so hard today to preserve the stories of the past, whether it be within the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions project or elsewhere. My thanks go to all those who sacrificed for this country during a time of war; those who fought, those who stayed at home. My thanks go to the thousands of people who have supported this effort, and who continue to do so. ~ Jen Baldwin

This week, we will sit down at our tables and feast. We will work together to make our nation stronger, to do what is right, to do what is good. We will all give thanks for those that came before us, for those that serve our country today.

From our family to yours, may you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



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.