War of 1812 Pensions


There seem to be relatively few Revolutionary War Pensions from the Baltimore, Anne Arundel, and Howard Co areas. However, the War of 1812 came knocking on Baltimore's doorsteps, and the Battle of North Point, which coincided with the bombardment of Ft. McHenry, in 1814 was the most significant battle ever fought in Baltimore County. Many men in Baltimore town and county and surrounding counties served in the local militas and were present at the Battle of North Point, hence there are numerous pension files at both the state and federal level.

There were at least three acts of the Maryland legislature that provided pensions for indigent veterans and widows of indigent veterans of the war of 1812.

The First act of the Maryland Legislature was in 1867.
The Second Act was in 1868 and a transcript of that act can be viewed on this site.
The Third Act was in 1870 and replaced the two early acts. A transcript of the names for pensioners in Anne Arundel county, Baltimore county, Carroll county, Harford county, Howard county, and Baltimore City is available for viewing.

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