The Revolutionary War collection contains pension and bounty-land warrant application files for over 80,000 service men and their widows and dependents regarding active military service during the Revolutionary War (beginning August 1776) and ongoing service through the War of 1812.
The search page for this collection provides the following fields for you to construct a search query:
Use wildcard and truncation symbols (* , ?) to assist with spelling and sound variations (e.g., Sam* will locate instances of Sam, Sammie, Samuel, Samantha, etc. while Hans?n will identify variant forms including Hanson, Hansen, Hansin, or Hansan among others).
There are no required fields, so you may execute a search using any combination of fields you wish. For example, maybe you are interested in locating books about a particular location to learn more about it's history. Use the Location field and/or the Keyword field to find titles that are about or reference that location.
NOTE: All fields on this page will display Exact and Similar matching options after data has been entered into the field. Location matching options differ from the name matching. See the Search Tips main page for more information about Exact matching options.
Instead of searching, you may wish to browse the collection by name. Use the "Browse this collection" drop-down menus to select a range of surnames and then narrow the list using the subsequent boxes. When you locate a specific grouping, click the link to start reviewing the files in that small group. The Interactive Image Viewer will then load and display the first record within that year and state. Use the filmstrip tool at the bottom of the page to move between images.