Military Society of


Your Contributions help preserve the rich history of one of our nation’s oldest and most prestigious Historic Military Commands.

Formed on November 25, 1790 by former officers of the Continental Army the Veteran Corps of Artillery later recognized by Act of Congress on May 8, 1792 as a Federal Militia and the Acts of the New York State Legislature and the National Defense Act (Public No. 85 64th Congress H.R. 112766) identifying the Corps as one of only eight Historic Military Organizations liable for duty under orders of The President of the United States in time of War.

Upon the outbreak of the War of 1812, the Corps was the first militia organization in New York City to volunteer its service and was assigned by the U.S. Army to the North Fort on Hubert Street, New York City. With the burning of Washington in 1814, all New York City military forces were mobilized and the Veteran Corps, along with 25,000 other militia, was called into service of the United States as a company of the 3rd Regiment of Artillery September 2, 1814 to December 3, 1814. The Corps remained on duty at the N.Y. State Arsenal as late as January 11, 1815.

On January 8, 1848, as almost all of the Revolutionary War veterans had died, they were replaced by veterans of the War of 1812. Accordingly, the Veteran Corps of Artillery merged with the Military Society of the War of 1812, which had been formed by officers of that War on January 3, 1826 as an independent military organization by the State of New York. These newly combined military units, chartered by the State of New York as “The Military Society of the War if 1812 constituting the Veteran Corps of Artillery in the State of New York” (the Artillery Service Detachment) continue to provide ceremonial support to the U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard, State of New York, National Parks Service and the City of New York when called upon to provide Honor Guards, Artillery Salutes to the Nation and Military on other national holidays.

The Society acts as the guardians of the original archives, artifacts and historic relics collected over the past 228 plus years by its members and non-member donors. The Society works to keep alive the memory of the sacrifices made to achieve and maintain our Country’s Independence.

The Society welcomes contributions of any amount for programs to keep the remarkable history of these Historic Military Units alive, support the continued operations of the 9th Field Artillery Regiment- Veteran Corps of Artillery, and restoration and preservation of the artifacts and historic relics in our care.

The Society deeply appreciates other contributions, including restricted gifts, planned gifts, gifts-in-kind and major gifts to support particular projects or to endow important aspects of the Society’s work.

“It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.”
- George Washington

To make a contribution to The Society of the War of 1812,   click here.

To discuss a restricted gift, a gift in kind, bequest donor-advised funds, private or public foundations and corporations, please contact:
Major John A. O’Malley, Treasurer

The Military Society is a 501(C)(3) Public Charity. Our programs and endowment depend on your support. Our Tax identification number is: 13-6161707

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