This database indexes the names of Illinois militiamen listed on the War of 1812 muster rolls included in the ninth volume of the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois (1902). The original muster rolls, first published in the Adjutant General's 1882 report, record approximately 1500 names appearing in 24 rosters of officers, companies or units. The rosters, covering the Indian wars of 1810-1814, are incomplete. Unfortunately the original records, having never been transferred to the Archives' custody, are lost. The 1902 publication also includes histories of the 1810-1814 Indian campaigns.
The National Archives has an index to the compiled service records of Illinois men for this war. The War Department extracted information from its muster and payrolls to produce the compiled records during the last of the 19th century. Researchers may direct requests for copies of a soldier's compiled record to: The National Archives, Washington D.C. 20408.
The database was created and donated to the Illinois State Archives by Fred Delap of Kansas, Illinois. Delap, a volunteer with the Edgar County Genealogical Library, has also indexed the names of Illinois veterans of the Black Hawk, Civil, and Spanish-American Wars.
Illinois veterans of the War of 1812 were either from St. Clair County or Randolph County. The place of enlistment was not specified for many War of 1812 soldiers. When searching by place of enlistment, choose the locality from the drop-down menu. For all soldiers where locality is not specified, choose "No County Listed" from the drop-down menu. Select "Any County" if you do not wish to limit the results to a specific locality.
The researcher can use the names of the soldier and unit from this index to obtain from the Archives a photocopy of the entry from the 1902 Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois. For each veteran the volume provides name, rank, unit name, dates and, occasionally, place of enlistment. As a result of limitations on staff research time, the Archives can search no more than two names per request. When making a request, please include your postal mailing address as well as the soldier's name, unit, and war of service. Send your request to:
Illinois State Archives
Margaret Cross Norton Building
Springfield, Illinois 62756
Submit a Request Via the Internet