Private William Gatlin was born was ca. 1844 in Alabama. His family relocated to Gadsden County, Florida ca. 1848.
In 1860, William 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 brother Thomas and younger brother Richard, enlisted in Davidson’s Company on March 12th, 1862 at Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida.
Shortly after his enlistment he was detailed to make barrels, he became attached to “Captain Archibald C. Smith’s Cavalry of Colonel George W. Scott’s Battalion (or regiment) of Florida Troops” [5th Battalion, Florida Cavalry]. He enlisted with this organization on July 27th, 1863, and continued with that organization until the end of the war.
He surrendered at Tallahassee, Florida on May 10th, 1865 and took the Oath of Allegiance on May 12th. He was described as 5” tall, with light hair, black eyes, and light complexion.
Married Lilla Bassett at Gadsden County, Florida on May 25th, 1898.
Private Gatlin applied for and was awarded a Florida Confederate Pension.
He died on October 23rd, 1913 at Gretna, Gadsden County, Florida. His place of internment is unknown