Private Richard C. Gatlin was born January 9th, 1845 at Geneva County, Alabama.
His family relocated to Gadsden County, Florida ca. 1848. In 1860, Richard was living at the residence of his father, Richard, along with his mother and 10 brothers and sisters. His profession was given as a laborer.
He, along with older brothers Thomas and William, enlisted in Davidson’s Company on March 12th, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida.
Richard was with the company from the time of his enlistment until August 12th, 1862 when he was discharged from service for physical disability. He reenlisted in Company L, 1st Florida (Reserves) Regiment at Quincy on April 15th, 1864. He was serving as a cooper at Tallahassee, Florida at the close of the war; he surrendered there on May 10th, 1865 and took the Oath of Allegiance on May 12th.
He was described at the time as 5'6" tall, with black hair & eyes, and fair skin.
He married Sarah Haygood at Gadsden County on January 20th, 1869.
Private Gatlin applied for and was awarded a Florida Confederate Pension.
He died on May 24th, 1915 and is interred at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery at Wetumpka, Gadsden County, Florida.