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Collection Gilbert H. Bates
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 1765
Object Name Archive
Title Civil War veteran cartes-de-visite,1868.
Date 1868
Event Civil War
Description Cartes-de-visite of Gilbert H. Bates, a Bristol, Wisconsin, resident who served as a sergeant in Company H, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery during the Civil War. The image, taken a short time after the war, shows Bates standing in full uniform and holding a large flag of the United States. The photograph was likely taken shortly after Bates completed a journey carrying the flag from Vicksburg, Mississippi to Washington D.C., which he completed in 1868. Bates carried the flag through the South in an effort to prove that Southerns were loyal to the United States. Manuscripts in the collection include photocopies of articles describing his journey while carrying the flag, along with some additional biographical material. The image was taken by E & H. T. Anthony & Co. of New York City.
Extent and Medium of Description Papers : 0.1 linear feet (1 folder) and
Photographs : (1 folder)
History Originally from New York (State), Bates moved to Wisconsin sometime before enlisting in Company H in 1864. Census records indicate that he was living in Illinois by 1880.
Biographical Record Bates, Gilbert H.
Subjects United States. -- Army. -- Wisconsin Heavy Artillery Regiment, 1st (1861-1865). -- Company H.
Soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Bristol.
Veterans -- Wisconsin.
Veterans -- Illinois.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)