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The following were listed in the Muscogee County 1840 census as being Revolutionary Soldier.
Muscogee  303  HODGES, Samuel K.    10121,01000,1  -10012,11     6 0   HODGES, Philemon    83
Muscogee  323  CHRISTMAS, Richard   00001,00001    -00000,0101  20 0   CHRISTMASS, Richard 77

Revolutionary War Units

WAR OF 1812

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  • History of the Georgia Militia, 1783-1861 by Gordon.
  • Explanation of Pensions, Bounty Land available on microfilm
  • How do I obtain Records?
  • LDS films also has a CD index of the War of 1812,by state, with participants names listed alphabetically.
  • Index to Certified Copy of List of American Prisoners of War 1812-1815 as Recorded in General Entry Book Ottawa, Canada, Compiled by Mrs. Henry James Carr
  • Links and history of period. includes "The Star Spangled Banner Story".
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  • Daughters of 1812
  • War of 1812
  • Index to War of 1812 Service Records for Volunteer Soldiers from Georgia

    Author: Judy Swain Kratovil

    1)The 1st series ("Old Wars") consists of pensions to veterans of the army, navy, and Marine Corps based on service resulting in death or disability from the end of the Revolutionary War period up to the Civil War. Old War Index to Pension Files (T316, 7 rolls).

    2)The 2nd series Pension application files -- those based on the acts of 1871 and 1878.  These acts, based on length of service alone, relate mostly to militia veterans called to federal service. The 1871 act provided pensions to veterans who had served at least sixty days or to their widows if they had married before 1815.  The 1878 act provided pensions to those veterans, or their widows, who only served fourteen days.  By the time these acts were passed, most applicants were widows or minors rather than veterans themselves.  While the pension files are not on microfilm, an informative index showing much data has been microfilmed as Index to War of 1812 Pension Application Files (M313, 102 rolls).

    Tips on Researching Specific for Georgia

    Todd Frary The best source on Georgia units in the War of 1812 is a recently published book "History of the Georgia Militia, 1783 - 186l," by Gordon Burns Smith of Savannah.

    The book consists of four volumes and at present the Georgia Archives does not have a copy. The book lists which units were drawn from which counties and the actions they were engaged in during the War of 1812. I am the current Vice-President of the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Georgia. The General Society can be accessed at the following internet address:

    The web site contains contact information for the Georgia Society, links to War of 1812 related sites and membership information. and other web sites do have searchable databases of soldiers and sailors who served in the War of 1812 but our own site does not.

    There are two other lineage societies related to the War of 1812: The United Society Daughters of the War of 1812 (USD 1812) and the Military Society of the War of 1812. The Daughters do not presently have a national web site although many state societies do (Georgia does not). The Military Society of the War of 1812 is affiliated with the Veteran Corps of Artillery and is accessed via their web site .

    The best tip I can offer to locate an 1812 ancestor is to follow basic principals of research. The Georgia Archives has a number of titles related to the War of 1812 including records of the General Society of the War of 1812, USD of 1812, burial information, war dead, pension and indexes of service records. The USD 1812 has been actively engaged in marking graves of veterans of the War of 1812 for many years and their records would be the best obvious starting point. A check of the Registers for both societies would be recommended as well. The customs of the 19th Century customs were not to mark graves as to wartime service unless the individual was a well-known hero of the war. Obituaries, if they can be located, sometimes make mention as to wartime service. Pensions are generally rare for War of 1812 service but do contain a wealth of information. Compiled service records can be obtained from the Washington DC NARA location and can help identify some limited information on the soldier or sailor in question.

    Early county histories sometimes also include information on units that served during the War of 1812; often including names of individuals. There is a common misconception that few individuals served during the War of 1812, but this is inaccurate. The level of mobilization varied greatly from state to state depending on the threat from England or the Creek Indians. The threat from England was highest in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states; virtually non-existent from North Carolina south. In the south the primary threat was the Creek Indians who were being supplied arms by the Spanish and were allied with England. If your ancestors were in the Carolinas they likely didn't serve during the War of 1812. If they were from GA, AL, MS or TN then they would have fought in the Creek Campaign. Any further north would have fought against England. Generally speaking men who served during the War of 1812 were younger men, generally 18 to 30, single or married without children. War of 1812 veterans would be about seven generations back for most people, which would give you 64 g-g-g-g-grandparents of which 32 would be males. Your odds of finding a War of 1812 ancestor are pretty good and I myself have found three myself without even trying hard. Persistence is how you meet with success and good luck to all with their researching!


    In the decades after the War of 1812, volunteer units often served
    during Indian hostilities. The men who served (or their heirs)
    received bounty land and sometimes pensions.

    To obtain their records, it is not necessary to know the specific Indian war.
    National Archives Application asks for "Indian War Pensions for 1816-1850.
    See claims abstracted in "Some Georgia Bounty Land Grantees 1854-1856",
    National Genealogical Society Quarterly 73 (1985): 297-303.

    Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served
    During Indian Wars and Disturbances, 1815-58. National Archives.

    OCONEE INDIAN WAR of 1780s and 1790s
    SEMINOLE WARS (Florida Wars)
    Seminole War of 1818
    Seminole War of 1827
    Seminole War of 1837
    Last Seminole War

    The Seminole War of 1818 was short-lived, but was laced with many notable people. General Andy Jackson, the Tennessee, for whom Jacksonville, FL. was named, and later became President of the United States, was the leader of the expedition to punish the Seminoles.

    An 1832 treaty, negotiated with a few chiefs, was not accepted by the majority of tribe. This group led by Chieftain Osceola baffled the US Army for years in the Everglades.

    CREEK INDIAN WAR of 1836 Information about the Indian Wars as well as Forts of Early Georgia

    Chapter 11 of book: Fort Benning: The Land and the People. Creek Indians; Lafayette's visit to Fort Mitchell

    School curriculum on Creek Indian Wars

    Selected Creek Letters 1825-1829

    Burial of a few Creek War Soldiers-June, 1836

    Cherokee Removal of 1838

    (They or their widows qualified for bounty lands prior to 1855 and for pensions starting in the 1870s.

    James Turner HARMON served as a Private in Capt. Dearing's Co., Lauderdale Battalion, Tennessee Mounted Infantry, during the Cherokee War. He enrolled on 1 Nov. 1837 and mustered out on 10 May 1838.

    MEXICAN WAR (1845-46)



    The GA Archives has some muster rolls on-line. Check them out

    Ordnance Battalion - Columbus
    History and Rosters


    SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR. Search its National Graves Registration Database

    This is an online database created by Georgia State U. which, at present, has CW pension records for the following counties: Appling, Charlton, Chatham, Macon, McDuffie, McIntosh, and Muscogee. There is a menu on the left when you open up the site. Just click on Muscogee County. There are names of the soldiers or wives who filed for Civil War Pensions. Believe them when they say that the names are not all in alphabetical order--just enough to fool you into believing they are! The great thing about the site is that it contains the actual script records which you can print out right on your own computer thereby saving you a lot of time and money to get a copy of the actual pension record. Excellent source of marriage and death dates of veterans and their widows and much more. I even found copies of a relative's marriage certificate and bill for her husbands funeral was included!

    It appears that all of the counties listed are not complete. I presume that Muscogee County is since it has names from A though Y, but I didn't see an indication otherwise.
    DEFINITELY WORTH CHECKING OUT! (Recommended by Ruth Bentley and Emily O'Neal)

    Confederate Sentinels, the 10th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Company

    Georgia Muster Rolls

    Benning's Brigade, Civil War, 15th Georgia Infantry, CSA

    Patients in Confederate General Hospital #4 - Wilmington, NC = 1861 - 1865.

    • The last land battle of the Civil War was fought at Columbus, one week after General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appromatox.
    • < Fort Benning Military Reservation encompasses the southeastern part of the county. The base is one of the area's largest employers.
    • Civil War Naval Museum
      1002 Victory Drive
      Columbus, Georgia 31901
      The hulls of the iron-clad gunboats Muscogee and Jackson, which were salvaged after 100 years on the bottom of the Chattahoochee River are at this museum.

    • The National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning
      396 Baltzell Avenue
      Fort Benning, GA
      Phone: (706)545 2958

      Admission to the National Infantry Museum is free. It is open to the general public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.


      Gordon Burns Smith - Author (published 2000)
      This book is published by Boyd Publishing Co., Milledgeville, GA. History of the Georgia Militia, 1783-1861 v1. Campaigns and Generals. Indexed. An introduction to the components of the General Militia and Volunteers, tracing the militia system from its organization by Oglethorpe in 1733, through the Revolutionary War, and then detailing each of the major conflicts in which the Georgia Militia served afterwards. Eye- witness reports punctuate these heavily documented accounts. Lists of units (identified by county of origin where possible) in active service during these campaigns are appended. For historians, the important Militia Acts of the Legislature are outlined, followed by a selection of General and Special Orders from the chain of command. For genealogists, a list of battalion and regimental designations by county is included, along with a table of organization for the 27 brigades and 13 divisions of the Georgia Militia. The volume closes with the biographies of the 205 Georgia Militia generals. 424 pg $45

      History of the Georgia Militia, 1783-1861 v2. Counties and Commanders, Part One. Indexed. The militia histories of fifteen counties, CHATHAM, BURKE, JEFFERSON, TATTNALL, BALDWIN, MORGAN, JASPER, MONROE, BIBB, WARE, PIERCE, CAMPBELL, SUMTER, COBB, and FLOYD, placing them in the pertinent political and economic contexts in which they existed. Each chapter is richly documented with biographical and genealogical information on men and women residing in the county. Company roster and payrolls are attached in numerous cases. These pages contain a veritable genealogical treasure throve, since some counties have lost most if not all of their early public records. 385 pg $45

      History of the Georgia Militia, 1783-1861 v3. Counties and Commanders, Part Two. Indexed. The militia histories of twelve counties: BLYNN, CAMDEN, EFFINGHAM, WASHINGTON, COLUMBIA, LINCOLN, CLARKE, HABERSHAM, MUSCOGEE, THOMAS, COLQUITT, and LOUNDES, placing them in the same contexts as those in Volume 2. Of these counties, several have lost most if not all of their early public records. Company rosters and payrolls are also attached in numerous cases. 400 pg $45.00

      History of the Georgia Militia, 1783-1861 v4. Companies. Indexed. The histories of twenty-five representative volunteer companies, with rosters where pertinent. Among them are the GEORGIA HUSSARS, REPUBLICAN BLUES, MCINTOSH LIGHT DRAGOONS, MACON VOLUNTEERS, CRAWFORD VOLUNTEERS, FORT GAINES GUARDS, ALBANY GUARDS, and GATE CITY GUARD, and for genealogists include units in counties that have lost their early records, such as Crawford, Dougherty, and McIntosh Counties. Military and political historians will appreciate the account of the filibusters in Georgia: Lopez, Gonzales, the Order of the Lone Star, "the Grey-Eyed Man of Destiny", Henningsen, and the Knights of the Golden Circle. In addition, there is included a chapter on the military history of the Beaufort District, South Carolina. 375 pg $45


      Service Personnel Not Recovered Following World War II.

      Faces of the Fallen U.S. service members who died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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