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Bates, William Prior
WILLIAM PRIOR BATES, Vernon, Tex.—Born near Glasgow, KY. Went from Denton County, Texas, to Fort Ouchita, Indian Territory (new Oklahoma), and enlisted in the Confederate Army as private in Company A, First Choctaw and Chickasaw Mounted Riflemen, Trans Mississippi Department. My first Captain was O. G. Welch, and first Colonel was Peachland. I enlisted for twelve months, and when the time it., out I came home and joined the Twenty-Ninth Cavalry, Col. C. C. DeMorse Lieutenant Colonel. O. Welch, and Major, J. A. Carroll, and Captain, Thomas W. Daugherty. After the second enlistment we were under Gen. Sam Bell Maxey. I was wounded in 1862 at Perryville, Choctaw Nation, at the left forearm. which broke the under bone, and was also wounded at the same time in the left side.
Was never promoted. Was in no large battles; all were mere skirmishes. One was on the South Fork of the Arkansas River with the Creek Indians, and one on Bird Creek, same Nation, and one at Honey Creek Springs, against Gen. Blunt, a mere skirmish, at Perryville, where I was wounded, and one at Poison Springs, near Camden, Ark.