Bates, DeWitt C.

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Dewitt C. Bates was born on July 1, 1845 in Broome, Schoharie County, a son of Solva Bates and Violetta Goodfellow.[1]

Marriage & Children

Before 1880, he married a woman named Helen, who was several years older than he, having been born in March of 1842.[2][3] They had a son named Channing Bates in about 1877.[4]

Military Service

48th Infantry Battle Flag
Residence: Westerlo
Enlistment Date: 19 Oct 1863
Enlistment Place: 14th Congressional District, NY
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 48th Infantry
Company: Company E
Promotion Date: 21 Sep 1864
Promotion Rank: Full Corporal
Wounded in Action on: 15 Jan 1865
Wounded at: Fort Fisher, NC
Muster Out Date: 13 July 1865
Muster Out Place: US Military Hospital, Albany, NY
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 19.; Substitute for Lucus Abele who was drafted on September 28, 1863; Born in NY, age 19 years, Farmer, Hazel eyes, Brown hair, Fair complexion, 5'5-1/2" tall.[1]
Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General for the State of NY for the year 1900,


Dewitt worked primarily as a farmer however in 1880 his occupation was recorded as a teamster.[2]


After the Civil War in 1870 Dewitt was working as a farmer and living in Rensselaerville with a large extended family with names including Hagadorn, Moke and Fero. In 1880 he was married to Helen, living with his wife Helen and young son Channing, and working as a teamster.[4] He continued to live in Westerlo in 1890.[5] In 1900 and 1910 he and his wife Helen were living on a farm they owned without a mortgage and he was working as a farmer.[3][6]


Dewitt died on January 22, 1917 at South Westerlo.[7]


Additional Research Notes

Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York for the Year 1900|Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York for the Year 1900 - 48th

BATES, DEWITT C. - Age 19 years Enlisted in Fourteenth Congressional District to serve three years and mustered in as private Co E October 19 1863 promoted corporal September 21 1864 wounded in action January 15 1865 at Fort Fisher NC mustered out Julv 13 1865 from hospital at Albany NY

Additional Media


  1. 1.0 1.1 NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases
  2. 2.0 2.1 US Censuses
  3. 3.0 3.1 1900 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  4. 4.0 4.1 1880 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "1880Census" defined multiple times with different content
  5. 1890 US Veterans Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  6. 1910 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  7. Civil War Pension Records @