Thursday, January 23, 2014

North Carolina's Gen. Gatlin Remembered-- Part 2

After Confederate losses at Hatteras Island, New Bern and Roanoke Island, General Gatlin was blamed and removed from command in August 1862. //// After that, he served the rest of the war as Governor Zebulon Vance's Adjutant General. After the war, he moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he lived until his death on September 8, 1896. //// Today, Jim Gaddis believes, Richard Caswell Gatlin is not recognized because he never became a major general, was a brigadier general only 9 months, lack of success, no descendants and moving away after the war. //// This past March Gaddis made a presentation to the Kinston Civil War Round Table. After that, Charles Herring and Lyle Holland helped put up a historical marker to the general by raising funds through donations. That marker can be found at the Kinston-Lenoir County Visitors Center on US-70. Gaddis also intends to write a book on Gatlin sometime in 2015. //// --Old Secesh

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