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

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Gamaliel Bradford, III

Birthplace: Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died
Place of Burial: 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 Niel Bradford; Elizabeth Bradford; Gamaliel Bradford, IV; Martha Tilden Bradford and 4 others
Brother of Perez Bradford; Sophia Bradford; Alden Bradford; Sarah Bradford; Jerusha Bradford and 3 others

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

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, 1763
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
August 5, 1792
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
July 31, 1793
Age 29
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
October 9, 1794
Age 30
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
November 17, 1795
Age 32
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
September 15, 1797
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
April 24, 1799
Age 35
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
July 10, 1803
Age 39
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
April 19, 1805
Age 41
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
February 15, 1807
Age 43
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA