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Benjamin Kimball

Rank(s): Quartermaster

Dates of Service: 8/4/1811 - 6/15/1815

Early Life

Kimball’s date and place of birth are unknown. Between the years 181 and 1814, Kimball allotted half of his monthly pay to a woman named Elizabeth Kimball. Her relation to Kimball is not known, but it is likely she was his wife.

Kimball transferred from USS Essex to Constitution on August 4, 1811. Rated a quartermaster, he served until his enlistment ran out in June 1813. On June 9, he reenlisted and served on board until discharged on June 15, 1815.

Battles and Engagements

Kimball was among the few men who participated in all of Constitution ’s battles during the war. In 1811, the ship made a diplomatic voyage to France and Holland. He participated in victories over HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and HMS Java on December 29, 1812, receiving $42.62 ½ and $42.30 in prize money for the victories. He was on board when Constitution captured a British man-of-war schooner and three merchant vessels. He fought in the battle with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant on February 20, 1815 and received $51.81 in prize money. During the second engagement of the war, he served as gun captain to carronade no. 11 on the quarterdeck, and in the last battle as captain to carronade no. 7.

Kimball’s place and date of death are unknown.


Crew ID

7587