b. 17/03/1840 Schoharie, New York. d. 19/12/1918 Aurora, Nebraska.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 30/07/1864 Petersburg, Virginia.
Bates was born to Alpheus Bates (1808 - 1888) and Hannah Bates (1810 - 1901) on 17 March 1840. Bates enlisted with the 121st New York Infantry in August 1862. He was captured at the Battle of Salem Church during the Battle of Fredericksburg and was held at Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia for approximately two weeks. He was subsequently released in a prison exchange.
He was also involved in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.
Bates became Colonel of the 30th United States Colored Infantry Regiment in March 1864. While leading his troops in the Battle of the Crater on 30 July 1864, he was seriously wounded about his chest and arms, in addition to receiving a bullet in the face. Bates survived these injuries and was among 23 troops to receive the Medal of honor for bravery during the battle. By the end of the war Bates had been promoted to Brevet Brigadier General. He honorably mustered out in December 1865.
After the war Bates resided in Salisbury, North Carolina but soon returned to West Richmondville, New York where he married Lana Ann Green on 2 January 1870, with whom he had five children. He was a merchant and storekeeper.
For gallantry in action where he fell, shot through the face, at the head of his regiment.
BURIAL LOCATION: AURORA CEMETERY, AURORA, NEBRASKA.
Old Section, Row D, Lot 124