From The Greensborough Patriot (March 6, 1862 – Pg. 1)
For the Patriot.
Camp Fisher, Newbern, N. C.
February, 14th, 1862.
Mr. Editor:--Permit me through your paper, to say a word in recommendation of my friend and fellow soldier, Wm. P. Watlington. He is a gentleman, and soldier worthy any position. He has been a member of my Cavalry Company since last June, and his good common sense, and cool determination have almost been invaluable to me and the company. He has always, under all circumstances, proved himself an excellent soldier, and well worthy of promotion, and although I regret to give him up and lose his valuable services, I rejoice to say that his soldiery qualities have been noticed and he has been promoted. He will very soon visit our county to enlist volunteers, and I hope you will use your influence to aid him to enlist men to defend our country which is now standing in such great need of defenders. No one is better qualified either in mind, coolness, determination or experience. Having been in the Mexican war nearly two years, and a soldier from the beginning of this war, he is well drilled and experienced in all the minutia of military evolutions and thoroughly understands camp life and how to provide for the soldier. Aid him and you will aid your country. Respectfully, &c.,
B. L. COLE,
Capt. Co. F, 19th Reg. N. C. S. T.
In the Caswell County Family Tree database is an entry for a William Paul Watlington (1828-1895). That the above Captain William P. Watlington is the same person has not been confirmed.