Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 8/4/1811 - 2/17/1813
Dickinson’s place and date of birth are unknown. Dickinson had at least one brother.
Dickinson served as a seaman on board USS Essex prior to August 1811.
Dickinson joined Constitution ’s crew as an able seaman on August 4, 1811. He was discharged at Boston, Massachusetts sometime after February 17, 1813.
Battles and Engagements
During 1811 and early 1812, the ship patrolled the American coast enforcing US trade laws and carried out a diplomatic mission to France and Holland. Dickinson participated in the battle with HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and with HMS Java on December 29, 1812. During the battle with HMS Java , Dickinson helped pass empty cartridge boxes to the magazine by way of the steerage hatch. He received $42.62 ½ and $42.30 as his share of the prize money for the two victories.
Dickinson died at New Orleans. His date of death is unknown.