It’s July and, to Americans, that means celebrating independence. History buffs know what we’re really celebrating is independence through not one, but two American Revolutions – the War of 1812, waged to settle some residual territorial issues with Britain, was then called the “Second Revolution.”
This month, BillionGraves and The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) are partnering to image all cemetery markers for participants of the War of 1812. This initiative is in conjunction with FGS’ current Preserve the Pensions Project to raise funds to digitize the 7.2 million images of the pensions for War of 1812 veterans.
BillionGraves president Hudson Gunn said these headstones are old and crumbling. It’s really only a matter of time before they disappear entirely. “Let’s digitize images of these markers while we still can. July seems like an appropriate time to get it done, while we’ve got American history on the brain,” he said.
It’s estimated that around 350,000 men may have served in the war. It’s impossible to know how many have cemetery markers, but there could be as many as 50,000-80,000 for these veterans.
Military markers for fallen soldiers and sailors may be found in cemeteries near the eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast areas of the United States. Veterans’ headstones could be just about anywhere – Americans are a mobile people! The quest for these headstones could very well turn into a fun (and seasonal!) National Treasure Hunt.
We’d love your help! Hop online and find out if your local cemeteries have any markers for War of 1812 veterans, then upload your images to the BillionGraves website using their free mobile app. Once your images are uploaded, let us know on Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #1812today and/or #warof1812 and/or #billiongraves.
And be sure to get involved with the Preserve the Pensions Project by helping FGS meet their July fundraising goal of – appropriately — $1,812 per day.
These combined efforts will provide a very valuable asset for researchers and historians researching 1812 veterans. This is exciting stuff!
Help us preserve these important pieces of our country’s documented history! Do it during July to honor and remember those who fought to preserve our freedom during America’s “Second Revolution”!