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Amnesty Petition of Richard C. Gatlin, June 8, 1865


Amnesty Petition of Richard C. Gatlin, June 8, 1865


Richard C. Gatlin was excluded from amnesty under the third, fifth, and eighth provisions of Johnson's Amnesty Proclamation of 1865. He had been educated at West Point, left the US Army, and served as Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. Gatlin explained that he left the US Army due to bad health, and subsequently served in the coastal defense below Wilmington until his unit was transferred to the service of the Confederate Army. Gatlin passionately defended his love for the Union and highlighted his service to the US Army, and insisted that he was reluctant to serve in the Confederate military.


Richard C. Gatlin


Richard C. Gatlin, Amnesty Petition, June 8, 1865, Case Files of Applications from Former Confederates for Presidential Pardons ("Amnesty Papers"), 1865-67, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780s-1917, Record Group 94, Publication M1003, National Archives, Washington, D.C.






Wake County, North Carolina

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Richard C. Gatlin, Amnesty Petition of Richard C. Gatlin, June 8, 1865, Civil War Era NC, accessed April 14, 2024,