Rank(s): Marine Private
Dates of Service: 7/1/1812 - 5/5/1813
Birth Date: 1779
John Pershaw was born in 1779. His place of birth is unkown.
On his enlistment, Pershaw was described as being 5 feet 8.25 inches tall with grey eyes, dark hair and a ruddy complexion.
Pershaw enlisted as a musician in the Marine Corps on October 9, 1809 at Washington. He reported to USS Constitution as a private on July 1, 1812 at Washington Navy Yard. In August, 1812 he was transferred to a prize brig, either the Lady Warren or the Adiona, both of which were taken the second week in August.
He was court martialed in December, 1812 and given 50 lashes. The reason for this is unknown, but on May 1, 1813 he was in trouble again. He was court martialed for breaking into the slop locker and stealing from it. Initially, he was found not guilty, but Bainbridge requested a reconsideration after Pershaw was found to have items stolen items in his possession. As punishment, Pershaw’s head was shaved and he was dismissed from the Navy. He left the ship on May 5, 1813 in Boston.
Battles and Engagements
Pershaw was on board for the battles with HMS Guerriere and HMS Java.
Pershaw’s date and place of death are unknown.