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coolyork30 Jul 2019 7:59 p.m. PST

Looking to find orders of battle with units strengths if possible for the War of 1812. Any help would be great !

Glengarry530 Jul 2019 8:29 p.m. PST

There are a few Osprey Campaign titles for the War of 1812, The Chesapeake, Niagara 1814 and New Orleans. I mostly relied on the books of Donald Graves: "Field of Glory" The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813,"And All Their Glory Past: Fort Erie, Plattsbrugh and the Final Battles in the North", 1814 and "Where Right and Glory Lead!" The Battle of Lundy's Lane, 1814 which have OOB in the appendancies. For Queenston Heights I used: "A Very Brilliant Affair: The Battle of Queenston Heights, 1812" by Robert Malcomson. Osprey Men At Arms "British Forces in North America 1793-1815" by René Chartrand is an invaluable guide to the British and in particular Canadian units.

NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2019 3:59 a.m. PST

The Nafziger collection has some OBs with unit strengths.

The guide:

An example:
PDF link

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2019 4:23 a.m. PST

If you can afford it or obtain the set from a library, Quimby's two volume History of the American Army during the War of 1812 is arguably the best source for OOBs. Although it touches on strategic issues, the work is about the operational and tactical aspects of nearly all the War of 1812 battles that the American army fought in.
It also provides OOB for the British and Canadians.

Glengarry5 has a good list of books to get you started. Although one of the Ospreys has some really messed up OOBs. I tend to focus and research on one battle at a time and so gather the books and research material to produce OOB for each battle we game. I rarely rely on one source.

Stuart Asquith has produced two books on uniforms and wargaming the War of 1812. Plenty of maps and OOBs.

It might help if you mentioned which battle or battles you are interested in.

Schlesien31 Jul 2019 9:28 a.m. PST

The books by Donald E. Graves have good appendices with OOB for the battles.

coolyork31 Jul 2019 12:52 p.m. PST

Wow ! Thanks for all great info guys ! I am new to War of 1812 gaming and very much appreciate this help . Cheers

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2019 3:48 a.m. PST

Quimby's and Graves' books are excellent and are crucial to any study of the war.

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