Walter C Bates

BirthJan. 17, 1842
DeathFeb. 24, 1930
CemeteryCarleton (Carleton)
PostOrd (Carleton)
Unit100th New York Infantry, Company D

Corporal Walter C Bates

Company D, 100th New York Infantry

Bates was born in Schenectady (Schenectady County), New York on January 17, 1842. He enlisted in the regiment on December 7, 1861 at Tonawanda, New York. Bates served 3 years with the regiment. He was discharged on December 8, 1864 at Elmira, New York. Bates was promoted to corporal on January 1, 1862 and reduced to private on April 15, 1863. He was promoted back to corporal on July 1, 1864. Bates was wounded on July 18, 1863 at the Battle of Fort Wagner.

The 100th New York Infantry was organized at Buffalo, New York in January 1862. During Bates’ enlistment, the unit was involved in several major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Malvern Hill (VA) (July 1, 1862).

Assault on Fort Wagner (SC) (July 11 and July 18, 1863).

Battle of Drury’s (also spelled Drewry’s) Hill (VA) (May 13-16, 1864).

The Assault on Fort Wagner was the most costly battle for the regiment. On July 18, 1863 the unit lost 43 soldiers, 94 were wounded, and 14 were taken captive. During 4 days of fighting at Drury’s Bluff, the regiment lost 7 soldiers, 74 were wounded, and 139 were captured.

Bates died on February 24, 1930 at the age of 88 years. He is buried in the Carleton Cemetery in Carleton (Thayer County), Nebraska. Bates was a member of the Ord Post (#168) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Carleton.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.