Richard Gatlin and the Confederate Defense of Eastern North Carolina

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After the Confederate shelling of Fort Sumter in April 1861, North Carolina took steps toward war. Governor John Ellis commandeered Federal forts, raised regiments and enlisted the aid of Mexican War hero and Kinston native Richard C. Gatlin. Under the new Confederacy, Gatlin commanded the Confederate Department of North Carolina as a brigadier general. He was charged with the defense of the Tar Heel State, and his failure to prevent the Union takeover of the coast has been lost in the annals of Civil War history. Join author and historian James L. Gaddis Jr. for an overlooked yet harrowing tale of power, politics, tragedy and war.
ISBN: 9781626198425
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: North Carolina
Series: Civil War
Images: 52
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
James L. Gaddis Jr. is a retired computer software designer and database administrator. Gaddis is president of the Kinston Civil War Round Table and a long-time member of the CSS Ram Neuse Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1427 in Kinston, North Carolina. He served with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam and earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from North Carolina State University. Married with two adult children and five grandchildren, Gaddis makes his home in Lenoir County, North Carolina.
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