Our mission with this fundraising effort is to digitally preserve the pensions files from the War of 1812. Those files generally are initiated by a veteran of the war, but there are many more who deserve to be remembered today: Memorial Day.
During the War of 1812, 2,600 American’s lost their lives during combat. Another 12,000 died as a result of disease and other causes. Who were these men? What are their stories?
Seaman Charles Backster, who was killed on August 14, 1813. He served aboard the Argus, which captured 23 British vessels before it was lost in battle.
Colonel Williiam Pitt Atlee, of the 1st Division, Pennsylvania Militia, who died in 1815.
Michael Angel, a Private in the Dragoons, who died while held at Dartmoor Prison on November 22, 1814.
One resource to utilize for U.S. casualties is the text, “Known Military Dead During the War of 1812″ prepared by Ex Lieut. Clarence Stewart Patterson, M.A. (available on Google Books). For those with Canadian ancestors, you can utilize the War of 1812 Casualty Database as a starting place for your research.
There are so many more stories to share. Today, we strive to remember each and every individual who was lost during the War of 1812; and we invite you to share your story with us. Leave a comment with your Memorial Day tribute here or on our Facebook page, and we shall remember each one together.