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War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, compiled ca. 1871 - ca. 1900, documenting the period 1812 - ca. 1900

ARC Identifier 564415 / MLR Number A1, Entry 3

Series from Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007

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Creator(s):Department of the Interior. Bureau of Pensions. (1849 - 1930)
Type(s) of Archival Materials:Textual Records

National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RD-DC-1), National Archives Building, 7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20408. PHONE: 202-357-5385; FAX: 202-357-5936; EMAIL:

Other Title(s):Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Applications Based on Service in the War of 1812
Inclusive Dates:ca. 1871 - ca. 1900
Coverage Dates:1812 - ca. 1900
Date Note:The War of 1812 series of pension application records relate to claims based on service performed between 1812 and 1815. The records chiefly concern pensions granted by acts of 1871 (16 Stat. 411) and 1878 (20 Stat. 27).
Part Of:Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007
Includes: 211 file units described in ARCSearch within this Series
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by name of veteran.
Function and Use:The War of 1812 pension application files resulted from claims based on service rendered between 1812 and 1815.
Access Restriction(s):Unrestricted
Use Restriction(s):Unrestricted
General Note(s):This series of War of 1812 pension application files is one of several series of records in the National Archives relating to applications for benefits granted to veterans or their survivors based of their military or naval service. Following the precedent set for veterans of the Revolutionary War, Congress authorized pensions for those who served in the War of 1812. Congress also passed laws that authorized the granting of land warrants to those who served in the War of 1812 and other early wars.

Records in the National Archives also include bounty-land claims for War of 1812 service. These files are part of a series of bounty-land warrant applications based on service between 1812 and 1855 that were not consolidated with the War of 1812 pension applications. A few files for Regular Army soldiers whose service included the War of 1812, but began before 1812 or continued after 1815 are part of a series of "Old Wars" applications relating to claims based on death or disability incurred in service in the early wars.
An on-line version of National Archives Trust Fund Form 85, Order for Copies of Federal Pension or Bounty Land Warrant Applications, is available through the National Archives' website.
Finding Aid Type:Index
Finding Aid Note:The series "Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files, 1960" serves as a finding aid to these records. The index is microfilmed as National Archives Microfilm Publication M313.
Online Resource:Order Reproductions
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Online Resource Note:Order copies of federal military pension documents packets on the NARA web site.
Online Resource:Order Reproductions
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Online Resource Note:Order copies of complete files of federal military pension applications for service completed before the Civil War on the NARA web site. (State pension applications are not included.)
Online Resource:Order form
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Online Resource Note:Order copies of pension applications and bounty land applications by mail by completing and submitting NATF Form 85, which is available online as a PDF.
Variant Control Number(s):HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1, Entry 3
Other Finding Aid Identifier: NARS-A1, Entry 25
Preliminary Checklist Identifier: NM-22, Entry 25
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