Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 7/3/1812 - 7/10/1815
Linn’s date and place of birth are unknown. Throughout 1813, Linn sent half his monthly pay of $9.00 home to his wife Mary.
Linn joined Constitution ’s crew at Annapolis, MD on July 3, 1812. Though rate an able seaman, he seems to have been doing duty as a quarter gunner. On February 12, 1814 he was disrated to ordinary seaman and was discharged on June 29, 1814. Three days later he re-enlisted, and was instantly rated a quarter gunner. Inexplicably, he deserted on July 10, 1815, just before the ship paid off at the end of the war.
Battles and Engagements
Linn 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. During the Java battle he was stationed at no. 7 gun on the gun deck where he served as the second sponger and second boarder. He was on board when Constitution captured a British man-of-war schooner and three merchant vessels. He fought in the battle with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant on February 20, 1815. During this last battle he fought as the second captain of gun no. 7.
Linn’s place and date of death are unknown.