Great Britain in the War of 1812

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HMS St. Lawrence, War of 1812


The War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States confirmed the separate existence of the United States and the future Canada. It formally began on June 18, 1812. To end the war, the treaty of Ghent was signed 24 December 1814. However another battle was fought 8 January 1815 at New Orleans.

British Military Units

Only two British regular cavalry units were involved in the War of 1812:

British Privateers

  • Dun, Michael. Great Britain Privateers, This site has several lists, one by name of ship, one by name of ship's master, one for officers, and one for crew.

British Prisoners of War

  • Dun, Michael. British Prisoners in the United States is an index of about 15,500 prisoners, which includes passengers on merchant vessels, including children, Canadian and British soldiers, and Royal Navy personnel. Seamen who weren't British are indicated as are black or mulatto sailors.


  • War of 1812 Casualty Database, Canadian and British Regiments, is searchable by name, rank, regiment, company officer, county, previous occupation, manner of death, place of event. Regiments are still being added.

British Aliens in the United States

  • Murphy, Polly Lewis,Letters of marque and British aliens in the U.S. during the War of 1812.(Lawton, Oklahoma, 1987). 162 pages. FHL book 973 H2mu