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U.S. War Department Records 1784-1800.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I understand there were two fires in the 1800's that burned many records in Washington, D.C. at the War Department.  Are there any records surviving that were from these collections?


Answer: The War Department records were destroyed first in a fire in 1800.  Then during the War of 1812 additional records were destroyed when the British burned Washington, D.C. in 1814. Recently a new website has been created to transcribe various records that existed fromm 1784-1800 that would have been associated with the War Department collection.  You can search this by keyword and other search criteria online at:

Posted by David Lambert at 03/16/2012 10:46:18 PM | 

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