Charles, Jr. Morris
Dates of Service: 5/27/1800 - 10/28/1804
Birth Date: 7/26/1784
Death Date: 1/27/1856
Charles, Jr. Morris was born on July 26,1784 in Woodstock, Connecticut.
Both Morris’ father, Charles Morris, and uncle, Noahdiah Morris were pursers in the U.S. Navy. Noahdiah Morris had been a purser on the USS Constitution in 1803. Morris had a daughter, Harriet Bowen Morris, but nothing is known of her mother.
Morris was appointed acting midshipman on board USS Congress on July 1, 1799. He received a warrant as midshipman on May 27, 1800. He was ordered to USS Constitution on June 4, 1801. He was appointed acting sailing mate on April 17, 1804. He transferred from USS Constitution to USS Scourge on April 22, 1804 in the Mediterranean. He returned to USS Constitution on August 3, 1804 but was transferred to USS President on October 28, 1804.
He was injured twice, as he recounted in his pension application in 1837: On December 1, 1800, “Whilst acting as midshipman in the US Frigate Congress, then commanded by Capt James Sever, I was entangled in the rigging at the time that ship was dismasted, carried up to a considerable height & fell upon the Deck- By this accident, my head was much injured, body severely bruised, and my right arm broken. On the 19th of August 1812, being then senior Lieutenant of the Frigate Constitution under the commnd of Captain Isaac Hull, i was wounded by a musquet ball through the body, in the action between that ship & the British Frigate Guerriere.”
Battles and Engagements
Morris was on board for the battle with HMS Guerriere.
Morris died on January 27, 1856 in Washington, D. C.