Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Levi GATES - wounded and captured in the Civil War

                                 Levi and Mary (Hulett) GATES
 SOURCE: Courtesy of Find A Grave member.

Levi A. Gates was born September 7, 1839 in Holmes County, Ohio then died March 29, 1919 aged 79 in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa.  Levi married Mary HULETT on March 14, 1867, Center Township, Wapello County, Iowa. Mary was born May 7, 1839 in Catteraugus County, New York and died May 29, 1921 aged 82 in Wapello County, Iowa. The couple are buried at Chisman Cemetery, Polk Township, Wapello County, Iowa.

Census records show between 1860-1880 Levi was a farmer. He was also an undertaker and Justice of the Peace.

Records confirm that Levi enlisted for the Civil War August 9, 1862, aged 23 years, in Company B 36th Regiment Iowa Infantry. His Regiment was engaged in the battle at Marks' Mills were he was wounded and captured in 1864.


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.
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          THE GATES FAMILY ~ Wapello County Iowa ~ 1880 - 1985

WAPELLO COUNTY HISTORY  Published by the Wapello County History Committee;
printed by Sutherland Printing Company Inc; Montozuma, Iowa, 50171; printed in 1985.

NOTE: The original owner of this book was shown on the inside as Mayor Dupy, Ottumwa, Iowa. The book was sold at an estate sale; then it was offered for sale on Ebay; and then it was purchased by a member of the Find A Grave website. I received a message from this person and was offered copies of THE GATES FAMILY pages - 420 and 421. April 2014.
SOURCE: Photo of book pages and additional photos of pages: Find a Grave member, March 2014.

Read more about the Civil War Battle at Marks' Mill and the Iowa Infantries. 

Iowa Volunteer Infantry in Marks' Mills Battle


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