Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 6/6/1811 - 8/1/1814
Johnson’s date of birth is unknown. He may have been born in Maine and was living in Portland before the War of 1812.
Seaman John Johnson was transferred to Constitution from USS Hornet at Washington, D.C. on June 6, 1811. He left the ship sometime after August 1814.
Battles and Engagements
While serving on board, the ship carried out a diplomatic mission to France and Holland. He participated in victories over HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and HMS Java on December 29, 1812, receiving $42.62 ½ and $42.30 in prize money for the victories. His battle station in 1812 was as 2nd captain and 1st Boarder on no. 6 long gun. He was on board when Constitution captured a British man-of-war schooner and three merchant vessels in early 1814.
Johnson’s place and date of death are unknown.