R. C. Gatlin papers, 1744-1967.

Creator: Gatlin, R. C. (Richard Caswell), 1809-1896.
Collection number: 3868
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Abstract: Gatlin, native of North Carolina, was an officer of the U.S. Army, 1828-1861, and then Confederate brigadier general. Antebellum correspondence involving Gatlin, his wife, Mary Ann Gibson Gatlin, his sister, Mary Knox Gatlin, and his daughter, Susan Caswell Gatlin, concerning family and personal matters, life at forts Laramie and Bridgers, Wyo., 1858-1860, traveling in the West with a family by wagon, and other matters; scattered Civil War and postwar letters and papers concerning the defense of the North Carolina coast, 1861, Gatlin’s farm in Sebastian County, Ark., and other matters; letters, 1905-1913, from Collier Cobb and his wife Mary Knox Gatlin Cobb, discussing family and personal matters and community news from Chapel Hill, N.C., and the University of North Carolina; a farm account book Gatlin kept, 1866-1871; a volume containing an account by Gatlin of his U.S. Army career, 1828-1861, and of operations in the Confederate military department of North Carolina, 1861-1862, family records, and other data entered by Gatlin; and other items.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: R.C. Gatlin’s family letters discuss problems associated with traveling by wagon with family and enslaved African Americans. A June 1910 letter from Collier Cobb discuss Barney Green, a 102 former slave for the Cobb Famly, who was now working as a cook for the Biltmore Forest School.