William was good with the pen; a poet, author,
multi-lingual and was the editor of the Winchester Appeal and The Home Journal newspapers; the bound volumes
of the newspapers and William's book collection can be found at Residence Plantation today. William was also
elected to the Tennessee legislature.
In April 1861 William Slatter enlisted as a private in the in the Confederate Army, company C, 1st Tennessee Infantry, and in 1862 until the end of the war served in the Waties South Carolina Artillery Battery and was captured in the battle of West Point Georgia in April 1865 and sent to prison in Macon Georgia until the end of the war,
when he was released and returned to Winchester, Tennessee.
William J. Slatter as a young man