Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 7/3/1812 - 12/29/1812
Bowden’s place and date of birth are unknown.
Bowden reported to USS Constitution as a seaman on July 3, 1812.
Bowden was a member of the starboard watch and was stationed in the main top. His battle station was at carronade no. 8 on the quarterdeck, where he served as the gun’s second captain. He was a skilled member of the ship’s basic labor force, fully qualified to hand, reef and steer and was paid $12 per month.
Battles and Engagements
Bowden participated in victories over HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and HMS Java on December 29, 1812. He also volunteered to augment Commodore John Rodgers when his squadron was threatened by a British squadron, but no action ensued. He was on a war cruise when Constitution captured a small British man-of-war and three merchant vessels. He received $42.62 ½ and $42.30 for the first two victories.
Bowden was discharged in Boston on June 7, 1814.