Lt. Gamaliel Bradford (Continental Army) [Navy Capt. post-war]

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Gamaliel Bradford

Birthplace: Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Granary Burial Ground, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Gamaliel Bradford and Sarah Bradford
Husband of Elizabeth Parker Bradford
Father of Sarah Alden Bradford; Daniel Neil Bradford; Elizabeth Bradford; Gamaliel Bradford; Daniel Niel Bradford and 5 others
Brother of Perez Bradford; Sophia Bradford; Alden Bradford; Sarah Bradford; Jerusha Bradford and 3 others

Managed by: Scott Christopher Swingle
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About Gamaliel Bradford

Captain Gamaliel Bradford, privateersman, was born in Duxbury, Mass., 4 November 1768.

In 1943, the destroyer USS Bradford (DD-545) was named in his honor.

During the American Revolution, he enlisted in the 14th Massachusetts Regiment (commanded by his father, also named Gamaliel)as a private at the age of thirteen on May 28, 1776. He fought at the battles of Saratoga and Monmouth before encamping with the army for its final cantonment at New Windsor, New York. After Monmouth, he was promoted to Sargeant on June 28, 1778, followed by promotions to Ensign (8/8/1779) and Lieutenant (9/3/1780). When the number of Massachusetts regiments was reduced in 1781, Gamaliel and the other men of the 14th were folded into the 7th Massachusetts Regiment. He stayed on another year in the army before finally returning home in 1784.

After the war, he commanded the American private armed ship Mary in 1799, during the Quasi-War with France. In July 1800, in command of Industry, he routed four French privateers at Gibraltar, though he sustained an injury that would cost him his leg. Captain Bradford died at Cambridge, Mass., 7 March 1824.

He married Elizabeth Parker Hickling on August 6, 1798. They would go on to have seven children. The same year, he was offered command of the frigate Boston by President John Adams, but declined.

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Lt. Gamaliel Bradford (Continental Army) [Navy Capt. post-war]'s Timeline

November 4, 1768
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
August 5, 1792
Age 23
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
July 31, 1793
Age 24
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
October 9, 1794
Age 25
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
November 17, 1795
Age 27
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
September 15, 1797
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
September 15, 1797
Age 28
April 24, 1799
Age 30
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
July 10, 1803
Age 34
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
April 19, 1805
Age 36
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA