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    War of 1812
     
    The War of 1812 brought on a new challenge for the Quartermaster General. This war was fought far from home and deep in the frontier. The battles were often quick and the armies moved fast. The responsibility for the dead fell on the unit commanders and the burials were performed quickly after the battles. Soldiers were again often buried in mass graves with only the personal effects being sent back to the families. Military honors during the time between the revolution and the War of 1812 had begun to form traditions. All burials were accompanied with honors. Time was taken to honor the dead even as the battles surged back and forth trough the wilderness. It had become important to the Soldier to know that, in the event of his death, he would be cared for until the end.