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Gardner, Caleb 1739-1806 Military officer; born in Newport, R. I., in 1739. When the Revolutionary War began he recruited a company and joined Richmond's regiment; in 1778 he greatly distinguished himself by piloting with his own hands to a place of safety the French fleet under Count d'estaing, who was blockaded in the harbor at Newport by a large British squadron. As a reward for this feat the French King sent him a money gift. He died in Newport, R. I., Dec. 24, 1806.