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The U.S.D. of 1812, founded in 1892, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving and increasing knowledge of the history of the American people by the preservation of documents and relics, marking of historic spots, recording of family histories and traditions, celebration of patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military, and naval life of those who molded this Government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, to urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military, and naval service from 1784 to 1815 inclusive, and to maintain at National Headquarters In Washington D.C., a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.

January 8, 1892, by Flora Adams Darling and
Incorporated by an act of Congress on February 25, 1901.
Liberty, Fraternity, and Unity.
Our Colors:
Blue and Grey - The blue represents the color worn by the Navy during the War of 1812 and the gray represents the color worn by the Army.
Our Flower:
The white carnation
Our Insignia:

The insignia of the Society is a single star resting upon an anchor encircled with a narrow gold bank - the Star of Hope upon the Anchor of Faith within the circle of Friendship. The insignia is suspended from the blue and gray ribbon one and one-half inches wide. The blue represents the color worn by the Navy during the War of 1812 and the gray represents the color worn by the Army. Previous to this war army goods had been brought from England. When the war prevented the importation of such goods, they had to manufactured in America. Some error in the dyeing process produced the bluish gray rwhich is now worn by the cadets at West Point.

Membership: Over 4,044 members, 42 state societies and 160 chapters.

Work of the Society

For more than a century, the members of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, have dedicated themselves to patriotism, preservation of documents and relics, and education. These goals are as relevant in today's society as they were when the organization was founded in 1892.

Work of the Society includes promotion and education of the The Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum (located in Baltimore Maryland), Old Fort Niagara, and Fort McHenry (birth place of our national anthem); providing reading materials to the American Merchant Marine Library Association (AMMLA) which was created to meet the demands of the men in our Merchant Marine for reading matter by providing an exchange Library Service to American ships; preservation and education of St. Michael and All Angel's Church in England. (This church was built by the French prisoners held by the English at Dartmoor Prison and finished by War of 1812 American prisoners. The first American prisoners arrived on April 2, 1813 and eventually totaled 6,553 of which 271 known died.)

In addition, the Society also helps to support schools for under privileged children; support of America's Veterans; preservation of history; JROTC and ROTC awards, and American Flag education. These are just some of the works of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812.


The Battle of New Orleans took place on January 8, 1815, and was the final major battle of the War of 1812. American forces, with General Andrew Jackson in command, defeated an invading British Army intent on seizing New Orleans and America's vast western lands. The Treaty of Ghent had been signed on 24 December 1814, but news of the peace would not reach New Orleans until February The Society which was to become the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, was organized on January 8, 1892, on the 77th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. Mrs. Flora Adams Darling was the founder and first president.



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