To Raise an Additional Military Force.
BE IT ENACTED by the Senate & House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That there be immediately ratified, ten regiments of infantry, two regiments of artillery, and one regiment of light dragoons, to be enlisted for the term of five years, unless sooner discharged.”
~ Gettysburg Centinel, June 3, 1812
The Gettysburg Centinel June 3, 1812.
This notice, delivered as a call to arms, an act of building a military force, was published on June 3, 1812, as the United States started down the long road of war once again. Fighting to preserve the independence duly won during the American Revolution, this nation lifted arms against the acts of the British crown and marched forward.
And now, we must once again place ourselves on the field of battle.
Genealogists, family historians, military historians and reenactors, historians of every kind, and citizens all, we must come together as one to save a collection of valuable and irreplaceable historical documentation from the War of 1812. Indeed, we have a duty to preserve the pension files of our soldiers and sailors, to work together to ensure that these fragile connections to the past are captured forever.
Our fight will continue, our long road to victory, will only carry on until the fundraising is complete.
We need you.
Hundreds of Soldiers on the Front Line
More Recruits Needed!
Hundreds of individuals and organizations have already donated. Many have participated in matching fund campaigns, have used social media, blogs, websites, and other virtual tools to spread the word of our endeavors. Reporters have told stories, writers have written article after article, press releases’ and town calendars have been peppered with notices of events and activities. All aiming to make the general public more aware of this “forgotten war.” Today, we rally together to say, “Forgotten No More.” [Tweet this]
It is our time! We must carry forward, and bring new recruits as we march. Fall in line, soldiers, for we are on the road to victory!
Rather than weapons, our soldiers carry their voices. Call out across the countryside, the time is now! Our mission is clear: we must work to raise enough funds to digitize the pension files from the War of 1812.
This week, we offer to you, our Army, a challenge:
When you make a donation, post to your favorite social media platform and call for one of your friends to match your donation. When someone comes forward, ask them to put the challenge on their social media. How far can we spread this message? A donation of $25.00 turns into $50.00, then $100. That equates to 200 pages of saved pension images!
Will you stand with us? Donate now to help us raise $1812 every day in July! #1812today