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BALLARD, Henry E., naval officer, born in Maryland, in 1785; died in Annapolis, 23 May 1855. He was the son of Major Ballard, of the revolutionary army ; was appointed midshipman 2 November 1804 ; lieutenant, 26 April 1810; master, 27 April 1816, and captain, 3 March 1825. He was a lieutenant on board the United States frigate "Constitution" in her famous action with the British cruisers "Cyane" and "Levant" in the bay of Biscay, 20 February 1815. After the capture of both vessels by the "Constitution" he was placed with a prize crew on board the "Levant" and took her to the Cape Verde islands, but was captured by a British squadron in Porto Praya, in defiance of the neutral flag, whose protection he claimed.
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