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John C. Bates

John Coalter Bates
General John C. Bates, official portrait by Cedric Baldwin Egeli
Born (1842-08-26)August 26, 1842
St. Charles County, Missouri
Died February 4, 1919(1919-02-04) (aged 76)
San Diego, California
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1861–1906
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of Staff of the United States Army
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Indian Wars
Spanish–American War
Philippine–American War
Relations Edward Bates (father)

John Coalter Bates (August 26, 1842 – February 4, 1919) was Chief of Staff of the United States Army from January to April 1906. Along with Arthur MacArthur, Jr., Bates was one of the last American Civil War veterans still on active duty in the United States military at the time of his retirement.

Bates was born in lieutenant colonel for gallant and meritorious service in operations resulting in the fall of Richmond and surrender of Lee's Army in April 1865.

He later served on the Indian Frontier for many years (being promoted to major in 1882 and to lieutenant colonel in 1886), was made a colonel of the 2nd Infantry Regiment in 1892, and in May 1898 was promoted to Brigadier general of an Independent Brigade consisting of the 3rd Infantry Regiment and 20th Infantry Regiment in the Spanish–American War and commanded a division of volunteers in the Philippines in the early stages of the Philippine–American War. He was military governor of Cienfuegos in 1899, went that year to the Philippines, where he conducted the negotiations with the Sultan of Sulu. From 1900–1901, he commanded the 1st Division, Eighth Army Corps, conducted operations against insurgents in southern

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