I agree with Curmugeon - Ian Toll's Book "Six Frigates" is a great read.
Here is part of a report about the Constitution's engagement with HMS Java:
After The Enemy had struck, wore Ship and reefed the Top Sails
, hoisted out one of the only two remaining boats we had left out of 8 & sent Lieut [George] Parker 1st of the Constitution on board to take possession of her, which was done about 6. P.M, The Action continued from the commencement to the end of the Fire, 1 H 55 m our sails
were shot very much, and some of our spars injured-had 9 men
Killed and 26 wounded. At 7 PM. The boat returned from the Prize with Lieut. [Henry D.] Chads the 1st of the enemies Frigate (which I then learnt was the Java rated 38 - had 49 Guns
mounted--)-and Lieut Genl [Thomas] Hislop-appointed to Command in the East Indies,-Major Walker and Capt Wood, belonging to his Staff. -Capt [Henry] Lambert of the Java was too dangerously wounded to be removed immediately.
returned on board the Prize for Prisoners, and brought Capt [John] Marshall, Master & Commander of The British Navy
, who was passenger on board, as also Several other Naval officers destined for ships in the East Indies. The Java had her whole number complete and nearly an hundred supernumeraries. The number she had on board at the commencement of the Action, The officers have not candour to say; from the different papers we collected, such as a muster book, Watch List and quarter Bills, she must have had upwards of 400 souls, she had one more man stationed at each of her Guns
on both Decks than what we had The Enemy had 83 wounded & 57 Kill'd.