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Governor William Calvin Oates / Colonel W. C. Oates, CSA at Gettysburg

 
 
Governor William Calvin Oates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 8, 2014
1. Governor William Calvin Oates Marker
Inscription.
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Governor William Calvin Oates

Born in Pike County into a poor Alabama family in 1835, Oates practiced law in Abbeville when the War began. Elected Captain of the "Henry Pioneers," Co. G, 15th Alabama Infantry. He saw service in Jackson's Corps and was appointed Colonel of the 15th Regiment in 1863. Given command of the 48th Alabama infantry in July 1864, Oates' right arm was shattered by a minie ball at Petersburg in August 1864. He later served Alabama as a legislator, Congressman, and Governor. Oates served stateside as a Brigadier General, USV in the Spanish-American War.
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Colonel W. C. Oates, CSA at Gettysburg
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July 2, 1863: General Law's Alabama Brigade of Longstreet's Corps arrived on the field, having marched 23 miles in 11 hours. The 15th Alabama Regiment commanded by Oates became the extreme right flank of Lee's Army. It made five charges up Little Round Top against withering fire of the enemy and engaged in fierce hand-to-hand combat with Col. Joshua Chamberlain's 20th Maine Regiment and other Federal troops before being driven off the hill
Colonel W. C. Oates, CSA at Gettysburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 8, 2014
2. Colonel W. C. Oates, CSA at Gettysburg Marker
by a final desperate bayonet charge from the high ground against its flank and rear. Oates always attributed his regiment's failure to take its objective on the shortage of water and fatigue from the forced march.
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Erected 1994 by the Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 23.083′ N, 86° 17.658′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Stella Street and Clarmont Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is inside East Oakwood Cemetery just to the west of Clarmont Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1244 Upper Wetumpka Road, Montgomery AL 36107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William C. Oates (here, next to this marker); Civil War Medicine / Montgomery's Confederate Hospitals (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brigadier General Birkett Davenport Fry, CSA / Colonel B.D. Fry at Battle of Gettysburg (about 800 feet away); Royal Air Force Burial Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Oakwood Cemetery
William Oates Grave image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 8, 2014
3. William Oates Grave
(approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church (Brick-A-Day Church) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alabama War Veterans Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ray W. Scott Jr. Founded Bass Anglers Movement (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia of Alabama entry. (Submitted on March 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesPoliticsWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, US Civil
 
Grave closeup image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, March 8, 2014
4. Grave closeup
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on July 25, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 8, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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