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This collection contains cards with the names of veterans buried in Arkansas that served in the War of 1812.

Biographical/Historical Note

The cards in this collection contains the names of veterans buried in Arkansas who served in the War of 1812. The War of 1812 was the first conflict that the involved the United States after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. During the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815), the James Madison administration became exasperated by the seizure of seamen and the stoppage of American ships by Great Britain. As a result, the United States declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812, beginning the War of 1812. Arkansas County had a regiment of militia that was organized into two battalions and a mounted rifleman contingent. Arkansas became its own distinct territory in 1819 when Missouri prepared to join the union as a new state. Settlers, many of whom were veterans of the War of 1812, continued to move into the new territory. In recognition of their service, some veterans received land grants from the federal government. Two million acres in the Arkansas Territory were set aside for these grants, with another two million in Michigan and two million in Illinois. The Michigan land was replaced by land in Missouri. Thousands of acres of land were distributed in this manner to veterans of the war and their families, though many of these land grant titles ended up in the hands of speculators.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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War of 1812 Veterans Buried in Arkansas, SMC.047.011


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

War of 1812 Veterans Buried in Arkansas, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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