Joshua Hall Bates

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Joshua Hall Bates
Born (1817-03-05)March 5, 1817
Boston, Massachusetts
Died July 26, 1908(1908-07-26) (aged 91)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Place of burial Spring Grove Cemetery
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1837 – 1842; 1861
Rank Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Unit Ohio Ohio state militia
Battles/wars American Civil War
• No combat duty

Joshua Hall Bates (March 5, 1817 – July 26, 1908) was a lawyer, politician, and general in the Union Army during the early part of the American Civil War. He was a leading recruiter and organizer of many of the first regiments of Ohio troops who volunteered after President Abraham Lincoln's call to arms in the spring of 1861.

Birth and early years[edit]

Bates was born on March 5, 1817 in Boston, Massachusetts. His father was physician George Bates who was a friend of Andrew Jackson, and mother was Eliza Hall.[1] He graduated from the United States Military Academy on July 1, 1837, and was breveted as a second lieutenant in the artillery. He subsequently served five years in the Regular army, including spending time in Florida in 1837-38 during the Seminole Wars. He was assigned to Cleveland, Ohio, during the Canada border disturbances from 1839 to 1841. After resigning his commission on July 20, 1842, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he studied law and was admitted to the bar.[2]

On May 8, 1844 he married Elizabeth Dwight Hoadley of the New England Dwight family. Her father was Ohio politician George Hoadley (1781–1857) and brother was George Hoadly who later became Governor of Ohio.[1] Their children were:

  1. Clement Bates born April 1, 1845
  2. Charles Jarvis Bates born November 5, 1847
  3. William Scarborough Bates born February 7, 1852
  4. Merrick Linley Bates born June 14, 1855
  5. James Harvey Simpson Bates born August 28, 1863[1]

Civil War service[edit]

Bates joined the Ohio state militia and became a brigadier general. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was commissioned in the Union Army as a Brigadier General of Volunteers on April 27, 1861 and was assigned to Department of the Sanitary Commission and served as the commander of Camp Harrison near Cincinnati. Along with two other militia generals, he helped establish Camp Dennison, a sprawling military complex north of Cincinnati. He helped organize fifteen regiments of infantry for service in the field. Believing that he was too old at age forty-four to go into combat, Bates resigned his commission as brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers on August 27, 1861, but remained active in the militia.

As president of the Cincinnati Committee of Public Safety, Bates commanded a division when Cincinnati was threatened by Confederates forces in the summer of 1863. One of the earthwork fortifications in northern Kentucky which defended Cincinnati was named Bates Battery in his honor.[3]

Again returning to civilian life, Bates resumed his law practice in Cincinnati. He became a member of the Ohio State Senate in 1864 and served until 1866. He was again a state senator from 1876 to 1878. He was the president of the Cincinnati Bar Association from 1881 to 1882.[4]

In 1892 General Bates joined the Aztec Club of 1847 as an hereditary member by virtue of the service of his father Surgeon Charles J. Bates, USN. He was also a Veteran companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.

Bates died on July 26, 1908 in Cincinnati at the age of 91. He is among several former Union Army generals who were buried in the city's Spring Grove Cemetery.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight (1874). The history of the descendants of John Dwight, of Dedham, Mass. 1. J. F. Trow & son, printers and bookbinders. p. 286. 
  2. ^ William Richard Cutter, ed. (1914). New England families, genealogical and memorial. 2. Lewis historical publishing company. pp. 1081–1082. 
  3. ^ Geoffrey R. Walden. "The Defenses of Cincinnati" (PDF). The Cincinnati Civil War Round Table. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Cincinnati Bar Association
  5. ^ James Barnett. "Forty For the Union: Civil War Generals Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery". The Cincinnati Civil War Round Table web site. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 

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