Ft. Smith National Cemetery

General Richard Caswell Gatlin, you have a tall monument type headstone that says General but on the Nat. cem. Website it says Major. I found out why. Seems he went to West Point and served in U.S. Army in several wars prior to Civil War, incl. Mexican War. But when the American Civil War started in 1861, he resigned his commission with the U. S. Army and joined the Confederacy and they made him a General. (He was born in N. Carolina) According to what I read on one site, his command didn't fare too well due to lack enough troops. Anyway in 1862 he resigned his commission with the Confederate Army due to illness then later in 1862 he resigned from the Confederacy. So technically he was both U.S. Army and CSA. I couldn't read the old headstone well enough to see if it had either on it. After resigning he returned to Ark. where he later died. But seeing how things were I just left him as General and did not mention either U.S. Army or CSA, figure I'd let the old guy stay that way. R.I.P.

written by Margaret Haynes

Richard Caswell Gatlin
Ft. Smith National Cemetery

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