Lieut Edward Ballard

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 1 Jun 1813 At Sea
  • Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: USS Chesapeake
  • Memorial ID 94759465

From the Providence Gazette, June 19, 1813 p. 6
Further particulars of the Chesapeake
Several letters from some of the officers of the Chesapeake were received in town on Saturday last from Halifax, via New-Bedfrod. They state the following particulars of the late unhappy affair between the Chesapeake and Shannon frigates. On the first broadside, Capt. Lawrence was wounded in his left leg, and immediately after received a musket ball through his body. Lt. Ludlow was also twice wounded by musket or grape shot. Mr. White, the sailing-master, killed. Lt. Ballard had his leg shot off. Lieut. Broome mortally wounded. The Boatswain also mortally wounded and the bugleman killed. About this time the ship had her head sails shot away, spanker brails foul by the cutting away of the rigging. In this situation, the ship beacme unmanageable and fell on board the Shannon; when nearly 200 of her crew sprang on board the Chesapeake, with Capt. Broke at their head, and immediately carried her. Lieut. Budd was wounded in leading his division, and that of Lieut. Cox (previously wounded) to repel the boarders. Midshipman Livingston, Hopewell and Evans were killed; and Weaver, Nichols, Burry and Abbot, wounded.

Edward Ballard, Acting Lieut, US Navy, War of 1812. Killed on board USS Chesapeake

Officers of the Continental and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-1900about Edward Ballard
Name: Edward Ballard
Rank Information: Sailing Master
Service Dates: 28 Feb 1800
Military Branch: US Navy Officers (1798-1900)

USS Chesapeake was a 38-gun wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. She was one of the original six frigates whose construction was authorized by the Naval Act of 1794. Joshua Humphreys designed these frigates to be the young navy's capital ships. Chesapeake was originally designed as a 44-gun frigate but construction delays, material shortages, and budget problems caused builder Josiah Fox to alter her design to 38 guns. Launched at the Gosport Navy Yard on 2 December 1799, Chesapeake began her career during the Quasi-War with France and saw service in the First Barbary War.

On 22 June 1807 she was fired upon by HMS Leopard of the Royal Navy for refusing to comply with a search for deserters. The event, now known as the Chesapeake–Leopard Affair, angered the American populace and government and was a precipitating factor that led to the War of 1812. As a result of the affair, Chesapeake's commanding officer, James Barron, was court-martialed and the United States instituted the Embargo Act of 1807 against England.

Early in the War of 1812 she made one patrol and captured five British merchant ships before returning. She was captured by HMS Shannon shortly after sailing from Boston, Massachusetts, on 1 June 1813. The Royal Navy took her into their service as HMS Chesapeake, where she served until she was broken up and her timbers sold in 1820; they are now part of the Chesapeake Mill in Wickham, England.

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  • Added: 3 Aug 2012
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Edward Ballard (unknown–1 Jun 1813), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94759465, ; Maintained by Rubbings (contributor 47671529) Body lost at sea, who reports a USS Chesapeake.