Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Military Resources: War of 1812 (National Archives)

Military Resources: War of 1812 (National Archives) – http://www.archives.gov/research/military/war-of-1812/

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What were American troops paid during the War of 1812?
  • What sort of information was contained on a Certificate of Discharge?
  • How was the Regular Army recruited during this era?
  • Where can I locate people who were impressed into the British Navy.


Links to resources inside and outside the National Archives, including:

  • War of 1812 Discharge Certificates
  • Records about impressed seamen, 1793-1814
  • Index to the War of 1812 payrolls and muster rolls
  • Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in the War of 1812

The page also links to some overview articles about the War of 1812. In additional to providing background to historical stories, this site seems like a good place to get late 18th/early 19th century character names.



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