James Freeman Curtis
Dates of Service: 5/12/1813 - 5/1/1815
Birth Date: 8/29/1797
Death Date: 4/13/1839
James Curtis was born on August 29, 1797 in Boston, Massachusetts. He had a son, James Curtis Jr.
Curtis joined Constitution ’s crew as a midshipman on May 12, 1813. Before June 1, 1813, Curtis joined USS Chesapeake as a midshipman. He was captured in the defeated Chesapeake by HMS Shannon on June 1, 1813 and repatriated in December 1813. He was transferred to the prize crew of ex-HMS Cyane , until he returned to New York in May 1815.
Battles and Engagements
Curtis participated in the battles with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant and received $126.93 in prize money.
After May 1, 1815, he transferred to USS Saranac, then at Middletown, Connecticut. Curtis went on leave on November 23, 1815 for 12 months. He went on leave again on March 27, 1817 for 12 months. He received his commission for lieutenant on April 1, 1818. He resigned on April 19, 1824. Curtis died on April 13, 1839 in a railroad accident.