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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1832

Vol. I

(Born N. C.)

Richard C. Gatlin

(Ap'd N. C.)


Richard Caswell Gatlin: Born Jan. 18, 1809, Kinston, NC.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1828, to July 1, 1832, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1832.

Served: on the "Black Hawk Expedition," 1832, but not at the seat of war;​a on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1832, 1833‑34, — Camp

(Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, May 31, 1834)

Canadian, I. T., 1834, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1834‑36, — Camp Desire, near Ft. Towson, I. T., 1836, — and Camp Nacogdoches, Tex., 1836; on Recruiting

(First Lieut., 7th Infantry, Aug. 31, 1836)

service, 1837‑38; as Adjutant, 7th Infantry, Dec. 13, 1838, to Oct. 25, 1845, at Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1838‑39, — in the Florida War, 1839‑42, — at New Orleans Barracks, La., 1842‑43, 1843‑44, — Pass Christian, Mis., 1844, — New Orleans Barracks, La., 1844‑45, — and Pass Christian, Mis., 1845; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the

(Captain, 7th Infantry, Sep. 30, 1845)

War with Mexico, 1846, being engaged in the Defense of Ft. Brown, May 3‑9, 1846, — and Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, where he

(Bvt. Major, Sep. 23, 1846,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Monterey, Mex.)

was wounded in storming the enemy's works; on Recruiting service, 1846‑48; in the War with Mexico, 1848; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks,

(Colonel, 1st N. C. Volunteers, 1847: Declined.)

Mo., 1848, — Baton Rouge, La., 1848‑49, — and Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1849; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1849‑50; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1850, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1850, — Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1850‑51, — and Ft. Smith, Ark., 1851‑52; on Recruiting service, 1852‑54; and on frontier duty, in conducting recruits to Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1855, — March to the Upper Arkansas, 1855, — Ft. Gibson, I. T., 1855, — Ft. Smith, Ark., 1855‑57, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1857‑58, — Utah Expedition, 1858‑60, — March to

(Major, 5th Infantry, Feb. 26, 1861)

New Mexico, 1860, — and Ft. Craig, N. M., 1860‑61.

Resigned, May 20, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Civil History. — Farmer, Sebastian Co., Ark., 1866‑81. Residence, Fort Smith, Ark.

[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Vol. IV
Died Sept. 8, 1896, at Mt. Nebo, Ark.: Aged 88.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1897, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, AR.

Thayer's Notes:

a The phrase "but not at (the) seat of war" occurs frequently in the Register in connection with the Black Hawk War; the explanation in most cases is the one given in the biographical sketch of James Monroe (q.v.).

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record; the deficiency is made good in the AOG obituary linked above.

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