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EXCERPT: WAPELLO COUNTY HISTORY - published 1985
1864 Civil War - Levi wounded and left for dead - cared for by a colored woman:
Edmund, James and Levi Gates [brothers] all served in the Civil War. On August 9, 1862, Levi enlisted for a three-year term in Company B 36th Iowa Infantry, a volunteer regiment organized by Mayor A. H. Hamilton in Wapello County. Levi was wounded April 25, 1864 in the Battle of Marks' Mills, Arkansas, and left on the field for dead. When night came he crawled into a deserted cabin. A colored woman cared for him until he was taken to the Marks' Mills Rebel Prison where he was treated by both Rebel and Union doctors. Later he received treatment at hospitals in Little Rock, Arkansas and Keokuk, Iowa. After he recovered, he rejoined his regiment and served until he was discharged August 24, 1865.
EXCERPT: OBITUARY Lovillia Press, November 20, 1913 :
She leaves two brothers, Levi GATES of Ottumwa and Edward GATES of Flagler, Colorado, also D. W. Masters, who was received into the home when ten years of age and who now lives on the old farm, and Nettie, who was received into the home when about seven years of age. To these hearts she was a true loving mother, their feelings that they indeed had a mother in the fullest sense.
SOURCE OF OBITUARY: S. Stewart member of Find A Grave, Nancy Frances Gates Eslinger Memorial, Find A Grave, November 2012.