Erastus Newton Bates papers

Erastus Newton Bates papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Bates, Erastus Newton, 1828-1898
Title: Erastus Newton Bates papers
Dates: 1834-1898
Quantity: 0.6 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms6

Biographical/Historical Note

Erastus Newton Bates (1828-1898) was born in Plainfield, Massachusetts on February 29, 1828 and became a lawyer, Union Army officer, and Christian Science clergyman. He graduated from Williams College in 1898 and attended Union Theological Seminary. During the Civil War, he was commissioned Major of the 80th Illinois Volunteer Regiment, spent fifteen months in Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia from 1863 to 1865, and was breveted Brigadier General after the war ended. In the 1880’s, he converted to the Christian Science religion and became active in the church. He died in Minneapolis, May 29, 1898 and was buried in Springfield, Illinois.

Scope and Content Note

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.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Bates, Lucy
Kentucky--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Libby Prison.
Perryville, Battle of, Perryville, Ky., 1862.
Stones River, Battle of, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 1862-1863.
Tennessee--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 80th (1862-1865)
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Erastus Newton Bates papers, ms6, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

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.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Biography: Letters clippings, obituaries and graduation programs View online.
2Letters re collection View online.
3Letter, 1834 View online.
4Letters, 1862 View online.
5Photostats of 1862 letters View online.
6Letters, 1863 View online.
7Photostats of 1863 letters View online.
8Libby prison, 1863 View online.
9Photostats of 1863 Libby prison letters View online.
10Libby Prison and North Carolina Hospital, Charlotte, 1864 View online.
11Photostats of Libby Prison and North Carolina Hospital, Charlotte, 1864 View online.
12Letters, 1865 View online.
13Photostats of 1865 letters View online.
14Letters from India and Ceylon from missionary, brother of Mrs. Bates, 1865, undated View online.
151868-1898, undated View online.
21Certificates re: Law and Freemasonry and state treasurer View online.
2Commissions View online.
3Deeds View online.
4Pictures View online.
5Science and Health with a Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, 1896 View online.
6 Christian Science Journal (with speech by General Bates), November 1893 View online.
7Portfolio, miscellaneous materials View online.