The campaign to digitize 180,000 War of 1812 pension files has reached its fundraising goal. About two-thirds of the total are already online and free to view at Fold3. I counted 359 pension application files for Maine soldiers, with many more still to come.

The first applications were based on disability or death of a soldier. Beginning in 1871, they were based on service. A veteran's pension file typically includes his rank, place of residence, age or date of birth, and time of service. A widow's application usually includes her place of residence, her maiden name, date and place of marriage, circumstances of her husband's death, and the names of children under 16.

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