There are more than 90,000 records in this collection and each represents an American who was granted a pension for service during the American Revolution. While the information for each person may vary, United States, Revolutionary War, Pensions usually provides:
The records in this collection date from the early 19th century when the United States began issuing pensions to military veterans from various early conflicts. While most of the pensions are for veterans of the American War of Independence or Revolutionary War and their families, some pension applications for veterans of the Barbary wars and Indian wars are also included. Each pension record includes a transcript along with images of the documents submitted to the government to prove military service.
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