William C. Oates

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William C. Oates

William Calvin Oates (either November 30 or December 1, 1833 – September 9, 1910) was a Confederate colonel during the American Civil War. He became a brigadier general in 1898, and also fought in the Spanish–American War.

In between he was a Democratic member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1870 to 1872, a member of the United States House of Representatives for Alabama from 1881 to 1894, and Governor of Alabama from 1894 to 1896.

William C. Oates was born in Pike County, Alabama. He studied law and passed the bar examination, opening a practice in Abbeville. Oates died in Montgomery, Alabama, and was buried there in Oakwood Cemetery.

Sources[change | change source]

  • William C. Oates, The War Between the Union and the Confederacy, The Neale Publishing Company, 1905.
  • Glenn W. LaFantasie, Gettysburg Requiem: The Life of William C. Oates, Oxford University Press, 2005.