Richard Gardner was a Slave who enlisted in the 2nd U.S. Colored Cavalry on 25 DEC 1863. Presumably he was one of the slaves who left with Union forces following a successful raid on Charles Courthouse on 13 DEC. Depositions given in the widow’s pension application of his widow, Jenny Crawley Gardner indicate that he was a slave on the plantation at Charles City Courthouse. U.S. Army Invalid #1030800, Widow’s #459964