Rank(s): Quarter Gunner
Dates of Service: 9/29/1814 - 9/10/1815
Birth Date: 1775
James Balfour was born in Hampton, Virginia around 1775. In 1795, he was described as having a “light” complexion.
Balfour joined Constitution ’s crew as a quarter gunner on September 29, 1814 and was discharged sometime after September 10, 1815.
Battles and Engagements
Balfour was on board when Constitution captured a British man-of-war schooner and three merchant vessels. He fought in the battles with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant and received $22.19 in prize money.
Balfour’s place and date of death are unknown.