From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Edward J. Ballard was appointed a Midshipman 24 February 1809. He was killed during the engagement between Chesapeake and HMS Shannon 1 June 1813. His commission as a Lieutenant was issued before news of the battle reached the Navy Department.
(Galley: T. 40; cpl. 26; a. 1 12-pdr. S. B.; cl. Ludlow)
The first Ballard, a small galley, was built in 1813 by Adam and Noah Brown, Vergennes, Vt.
Ballard, under the command of Master's Mate S. Holland, took part in the capture of the British squadron on Lake Champlain 11 September 1814. Not used after the War of 1812, she was sold at Whitehall, N. Y., in July 1816.