War of 1812 veterans

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A plaque commemorating the War of 1812 veterans who were buried in the University of Virginia Cemetery and Columbarium.
Portrait miniature of Hugh Nelson, a Congressman from Albemarle County who vehemently opposed the notion of commencing an armed conflict with the British in the months prior to the outbreak of the War of 1812. Reproduced from Wikimedia Commons.

Numerous individuals who were residents of or otherwise associated with Albemarle County and Charlottesville served in the War of 1812 (June 18, 1812 - February 18, 1815) as part of the armed forces of the United States.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Dr. Frank Carr served as a field surgeon in Colonel Samuel Carr's cavalry company during this conflict.

Veterans of the War of 1812 associated with Albemarle County and Charlottesville
Capt. Achilles Broadhead Pvt. John Bledsoe
Pvt. Arthur Whitehurst Sgt. James M. Bowen
Pvt. Benjamin Wood Pvt. William J. Cary
Cpl. Cary Lafayette Carter Cpl. Nathaniel Chamberlain
Capt. David Young Maj. Joseph Dinwiddie
Pvt. Drury Clements Pvt. John Fretwell
Sgt. Edmond Broadus 1st Lt. James Garland
Pvt. John Simpson Sgt. Samuel Garland
Pvt. Francis Walker Gilmer Pvt. Willis (William) Garth
Pvt. Garland Ballard Pvt. Charles Harper
Pvt. George Tucker Ens. Reuben Lewis
Capt. Henry Howard Pvt. Francis McGehee
Pvt. Henry Rogers Pvt. H.C. Moore
Pvt. Henry Turner ADC Hugh Nelson
Pvt. Isaiah Humphrey Pvt. Isaac Norford
Pvt. James Abel Stout Maj. Mann Page
Cpl. James Michie Jr. Capt. Andrew Stevenson
Capt. John Cole ADC William C. Rives
Pvt. John White Sgt. Thornton Rogers
Pvt. John Wingfield 1st Lt. Thomas L. Shelton
Ens. John Winn Pvt. Charles Stewart
Pvt. Nicholas Gianniny Pvt. William S. Thompson
Pvt. Reuben Wood Sgt. Elisha H. Thurman
Capt. Robert McCullouh Pvt. John Walters
Col. Samuel Carr Pvt. John M. Wingfield
Capt. Teackle W. Savage Pvt. Reuben Wood
Col. Thomas Mann Randolph Jr. Pvt. William A. Bibb
Capt. Triplett T. Ellis Lt. Col. Nimrod Bramham
Pvt. William McCoy Lt. John H. Craven
Pvt. William Newman Lt. Isaac Davis
Pvt. William Richard Rhoades (Rhodes) Pvt. John Dowell (Dewell)
Pvt. William T. Davis Pvt. William P. Farrish
Pvt. William Tucker Lt. Col. Thomas Mann Randolph
Pvt. William Ward Capt. William Wirt
Pvt. William Wertenbaker Capt. William Woods Jr.

Additional information

U.S. Representative Hugh Nelson of Albemarle County publicly spoke out against all attempts to initiate a confrontation with Great Britain in the months immediately preceding the outbreak of the War of 1812. Belonging to the "Quid" faction of the Old Republican Party that was led by John Randolph of Roanoke, Nelson was supported in his efforts by various other Virginian politicians of the time, as many Republicans strongly felt that any prolonged struggle with a foreign power would result in a gradual erosion of adherence to the tenets of the US Constitution.[7]

Beginning in 1813, many Virginians suffered economically from a British naval blockade of the Chesapeake Bay as well as from British troops plundering the countryside by the Bay and along the James, Rappahannock, and Potomac rivers. The Virginia Militia deflected a British attempt to seize Norfolk in 1813 and combated British forces in numerous engagements throughout the course of the conflict. By the end of the war, more than 2,000 enslaved Black individuals in Virginia had gained their freedom in exchange for voluntarily serving aboard British naval vessels.[8]


  1. Web. INFORMATION ON WAR OF 1812 VETERANS BURIED IN VIRGINIA, Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 11/10/2009
  2. Web. Virginia War of 1812 Military Records, AccessGenealogy
  3. Web. Albemarle County in Virginia, C.J. Carrier Company, 1901
  4. Web. Significant Events War of 1812 in Virginia, Society of the War of 1812 in Virginia, 07/28/2010
  5. Web. Master List Of War Of 1812 Veterans Buried In Virginia, USGenWeb Archives, 02/24/2022
  6. Web. 3,339 VETERANS of the WAR of 1812 BURIED in VIRGINIA by Veteran, War of 1812 Society, 6/10/2012
  7. Web. Opposition in Virginia to the War of 1812, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, January 1970
  8. Web. War of 1812 Historical Markers, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, June 2014