Joseph R. Beverly
Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 6/25/1812 - 12/29/1812
Beverly’s place and date of birth are unknown.
Beverly enlisted in the Navy on June 25, 1812 and reported to USS Constitution in Annapolis, Maryland as a seaman on July 3.
As a seaman, Beverly would have been responsible for the routine maintenance of the ship and would have been required to hand, reef, and sail when the vessel was in motion. He was also skilled member of the ship’s basic labor force which earned him the wage of $12 per month.
Battles and Engagements
Beverly’s battle station was at the no. 2 Long Gun at the aft of the ship and he was the 3rd Loader. He was also 1st Boarder, meaning when the ship was boarding an enemy vessel, Beverly was among the first to board her. He participated in the victories over HMS Guerriere , on August 19, 1812, and HMS Java , on December 29, 1812. For these victories he received $42.62 ½ and $42.30 in prize money.
Beverly was discharged from the ship February 17, 1813.