|Appointed Midshipman and ordered to USS Constellation.
|Warranted Midshipman while serving on USS Constellation.
|On USS Constellation under command of Captain Thomas Truxtun, participated in the capture in the West Indies of the French frigate Insurgente of 40 guns and 400 men. The good conduct and gallantry of Captain Truxtun and his officers and crew were acknowledged by the Navy Department in a letter dated 13 March 1799, conveying to them the thanks of the President.
|Promoted to Lieutenant.
|Participated in engagement between the Constellation and the French national ship Vengeance of 54 guns. On list of officers of Constellation given in Naval Chronicle as 4th Lieutenant. All the officers and enlisted men highly commended by Captain Truxtun in his journal.
|Retained under Peace Establishment and ordered to New York immediately for duty on USS Essex.
|Appearance on board USS Essex at Hampton Roads, VA.
|Detached from USS Essex at Washington, DC.
|Ordered to take passage in the New York for the Mediterranean, there to join such ship as the Commodore of the station should order.
|Ordered for the USS John Adams.
|Turned over to the John Adams in the Mediterranean.
|Ordered to join USS Constitution.
|Appearance on board USS Constitution, Commodore Preble's flagship in Mediterranean.
|Left in charge of Constitution at Syracuse by Commodore Preble when called to Malta on business.
|Appears as Lieutenant Commandant on pay rolls of Constitution to 16 April 1804.
|Sent to Messina with US Schooner Enterprise to ascertain what gunboats and mortar boats might be purchased or chartered for use of squadron.
|Ordered to rejoin Constitution immediately.
|Ordered to take command of US Brig Scourge (captured English privateer Transfer) and fit her for a cruise with all possible expedition.
|Ordered to proceed off Tripoli with Scourge as soon as ready.
|Promoted to Lieutenant Commandant. Commission dated 18 May 1804.
|On board Constitution to 18 August 1804.
|Commanded a bomb vessel in attack on Tripoli, 3 August. Also commanded bomb vessel in subsequent attacks of 7 and 24 August and 3 September. In attack of 26 August, as bomb vessel was disabled, took charge on quarter deck of Constitution. In these actions commended by Commodore Preble for gallantry and for skill in handling bomb vessel. Resolutions of thanks, etc. to Preble and the officers and enlisted men of his squadron passed by Congress 3 March 1805.
|Detached from command of Scourge and appointed to command of US Schooner Nautilus on death of Lieutenant Richard Somers that date.
|Promoted to Master Commandant (Commander), to take rank from 5 September 1804.
|Participated in capture of town of Derna, while in command of Nautilus.
|Detached from Nautilus, permission to return to United States having been granted him.
|Returned to United States in John Adams.
|Ordered to take command of US Brig Hornet at New York.
|Sailed from New York in Hornet, carrying Mr. Skipwith to France, thence to proceed to join Commodore Rodger's squadron in Mediterranean.
|Landed Mr. Skipwith at L'Orient, France.
|Joined Commodore Rodger's squadron.
|Returned to United States in Hornet, and ordered to Charleston, SC with vessel.
|Instructed to consider himself Senior Officer at Charleston until otherwise ordered.
|Impression of medal presented to Commodore Preble by Resolution of Congress of 3 March 1805 transmitted to him as one of the officers who honorably participated in gallant action in attack on Tripoli, 1804.
|Ordered to prepare Hornet immediately to carry General Wilkinson and suite to New Orleans. Informed he would probably be ordered to stop at Havana and Florida en route. Latter information confidential.
|Ordered to sail when ready, stopping at such intermediate ports as General Wilkinson should direct.
|Reported that he was waiting a favorable wind to cross the bar and proceed on his mission.
|Reported return from trip, after executing orders of 8 February. Had stopped at Havana and Pensacola.
|Furloughed for 3 months.
|Detached from at Charleston, SC.
|Wrote from Charleston requesting orders to join a ship.
|Ordered to Norfolk to take command of USS John Adams.
|Ordered on reaching Norfolk to assume command of John Adams and proceed without delay to Charleston, SC. Report to Captain Campbell, receive from him men to complete his crew and proceed to the southward and on St. Mary's Station enforce the orders which would be transmitted to him at Norfolk. St. Mary's Station to attract his particular attention, but to visit the ports of Charleston and Savannah a few days at a time. his orders were, within a marine league from the coast, to defend American merchant vessels from British and French armed vessels, to seize private armed vessels suspected of piratical character or having been illegally fitted out or augmented in force with the United States or to have proceeded therefrom in pursuance of any military expedition or enterprise contrary to law, and to watch for American citizens suspected of giving aid to foreign armed vessels.
|Reported arrival at Norfolk that day, where he had assumed command of John Adams as per orders of 16 August and received orders of 23 August.
|Reported John Adams ready to proceed to Charleston as soon as wind would permit.
|Left Hampton Roads.
|Arrived at Charleston.
|Reported return to Charleston from a cruise of 20 days to the southward. Had encountered no cruisers.
|Acknowledged receipt of circular letter of 2 November, enclosing President's proclamation removing the interdiction with respect to entrance of French armed vessels into US harbors and waters.
|Ordered to proceed with John Adams to Newport, RI where further orders would be sent him.
|Ordered to receive Mr. Irving, American Minister to Denmark, on board, landing him at L'Orient or some other convenient French port on the Channel. Thence to proceed to the most convenient port in England with Mr. Archibald Hamilton, bearer of dispatches to London, wait for his return and proceed to Cherbourg, France, receive dispatches from Paris and return immediately to United States, making for Annapolis, Norfolk, Philadelphia or New York.
|Directed not to proceed to Europe until further orders, as Congress would rise shortly.
|Addressed at Newport. Commanding officer there had been instructed several days before to order him to proceed to sea immediately. If still there to leave at once. Wrote same day stating he expected to sail the next morning, thinking orders to do so must have been sent him but not received.
|Wrote from Boston reporting return from mission. Ship in need of repairs. Desirous of going to Washington to make further report.
|Ordered to proceed with John Adams to Washington.
|Reported John Adams not in condition to proceed to sea. Stated he would resign rather than take her when he was unable to protect the flag.
|Ordered to remain in Boston until ship was repaired unless she was in condition to repel any aggression.
|Granted permission to go to Charleston, SC where he would shortly receive further instructions. Addressed at Boston.
|Wrote from Charleston relative to land and buildings that might be rented there. Had no information to give as to condition of gunboats or relative to affairs there.
|Wrote again from Charleston relative to site for Navy Yard and condition of gunboats.
|Wrote from Charleston relative to establishment of a Navy Yard there.
|Wrote from Charleston asking whether he was to consider himself under orders, and how far the Secretary meant to carry into execution the arrangements relative to the establishment of a Navy Yard there.
|Wrote from Charleston requesting permission to come to Washington. Had been expecting orders for four months.
|Ordered to take charge of Charleston, SC and Wilmington, NC Stations. To stop at Wilmington and proceed to Charleston, reporting exact state of each station.
|Arrived at Charleston. Made report of conditions at Charleston 26 April and at Wilmington 17 April.
|Commissioned Captain under confirmation of Senate.
|Notice of declaration of war with Great Britain sent him.
|Informed he might be called upon to cooperate with Army.
|Informed that Wilmington is now a distinct station.
|Wrote from Charleston requesting orders to active service or to a northern station, as peace had been declared and his services were no longer required there, stating that his health required a change of climate.
|Granted permission to leave Charleston Station and repair to any northern port and await further orders.
|Wrote from New York, stating he would proceed to Newport, RI in a few days, where orders would find him.
|Made a survey on USS Java at Baltimore for Board of Navy Commissioners.
|Wrote from Newport preparatory to leaving for Charleston, asking whether his services would probably be required the following winter, in order that he might make arrangements.
|Wrote from New York stating he was leaving next morning for Charleston. Continued to reside in Charleston until summer of 1819.
|Wrote from Philadelphia requesting a command. Apparently last duty that of July 1815.
|Circular letter from Navy Department addressed to him at Charleston, SC.
|Died in South Carolina and buried at Jacksonboro in Bethel Cemetery.