|Creator:||Bates, Erastus Newton, 1828-1898|
|Title:||Erastus Newton Bates papers|
|Quantity:||0.6 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 half box)|
Erastus Newton Bates (1828-1898), lawyer, Union Army officer, and Christian Science clergyman born in Plainfield, Massachusetts. Commissioned major of the 80th Illinois Volunteer Regiment (1862) spent fifteen months in Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia (1863-1865), breveted Brigader General after the Civil War. Converted to the Christian Science religion and became active in the church (1880's).
Born in Plainfield, Massachusetts, February 29, 1828. His ancestry dates back to the Pilgrims who sailed from the Old World on the Mayflower, making first settlement on the East Coast, New England. At the age of eight years (1836), he went to Ohio with his father who died soon after. He then lived with an uncle, worked and taught school to educate himself. He later attended Williams College (graduating in 1898) and Union Theological Seminary and began the study of law in New York City. Bates moved to Minneapolis in 1856 and practiced law. He served as a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1856 and the next year was elected to represent the State Senate. In 1859, he moved to Centralia, Illinois, soon securing a lucrative law practice. He was commissioned Major of the 80th Illinois Volunteer (Rgt) in August 1862: was brevetted Brig. General in recognition of helpful aid which he rendered his country. He was prisoner of war fifteen months in Libby Prison, later exposed to open fire of the Union batteries at Morris Island in the Charleston Harbor. Member of the Illinois Legislature in 1866; in 1868 was elected State Treasurer of Illinois and served until January 1873. Bates served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872 and supported Ulysses S. Grant. He died in Minneapolis, May 29, 1898 and was buried in Springfield, Illinois.
The collection consists of the papers of Erastus Newton Bates from 1834-1898. Includes correspondence to his wife Lucy, pertaining to his Civil War service with the 80th Illinois Volunteers in Kentucky and Tennessee. Bates' letters discuss the battles of Perryville, Kentucky (1862) and Murfreesboro, Tennessee (1862) and his subsequent imprisonment in Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia (1862-1864). Also contains certificates, deeds, commissions, and a few missionary letters from India and Ceylon written by Lucy Bates' brother.
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Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Erastus Newton Bates papers. MS 6. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.
Related collections in other repositories: The First Church of Christ, Scientist Archives of the Mother Church, Boston, Massachusetts; Bates, Erastus Newton (1828-98), Letters and other materials, 1862-1904, Illinois History and Lincoln Collections, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Related collections in this repository: Lucy Bates papers.