Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 7/27/1811 - 2/1/1813
Death Date: 9/27/1834
James Higgins was born in Philadelphia, but his date of birth remains unknown. James married his wife, Sarah, on July 4, 1814. Rev. Joseph Turner conducted the ceremony. Sarah remembered that James was always a kind and affectionate husband.
James Higgins transferred from USS Wasp to the Constitution on July 27, 1811. Rated an able seamen, he was discharged sometime after the ship returned to Boston in February 1813.
Battles and Engagements
During his time on board, the ship made a diplomatic voyage to France and Holland. Higgins later participated in the victories over HMS Guerriere and HMS Java . During the second battle he served as second captain and first boarder at gun no. 11 on the gun deck.
Higgins remained in the navy after the war. He was supposed to have been rated a quartermaster or master-at-arms on the sloop Vandalia, but the navy records indicated that he was rated as a seaman.