Pension Files of African Americans in the War of 1812
We are natives of this country; we ask only to be treated as well as foreigners. Not a few of our fathers suffered and bled to purchase its independence; we ask only to be treated as well as those who fought against it. We have toiled to cultivate it, and to raise it to its present prosperous condition; we ask only to share equal privileges with those who come from distant lands to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Rev. Peter Williams, Jr. African American Episcopal Priest 1786 - 1840
Genealogist Sharon Batiste Gillins will share the following information concerning African Americans in the War of 1812 files:
Identifying the primary geographic regions in which battles of the War of 1812 were fought.
Describing post-war benefits of service and related legislation.
Accessing the record groups that contain pension and bounty land claims:
Describing the United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910 (M3