Monday, March 18, 2013

James McKnight Bates (1839-1914)
James McKnight Bates
Missouri  8th then 9th Regiment Infantry Confederate
The Missouri 9th (Clark's) Infantry Regiment [also called 2nd Regiment] was organized in November, 1862, by consolidating the 8th Infantry Battalion and the Missouri companies of Clarkson's Missouri Cavalry Battalion. The two Arkansas companies of this regiment seceded and merged into Buster's Arkansas Cavalry Battalion. It fought at Prairie Grove, lost 4 killed and 108 wounded at Pleasant Hill, and sustained 52 casualties at Jenkins' Ferry. The regiment disbanded in the spring of 1865.
Prairie Grove
Pleasant Hill
Jenkins Ferry
 A border state with both southern and northern influences, Missouri attempted to remain neutral when the war began. However, this was unacceptable to the Federal government, and Union military forces moved against the capital to arrest the legislature and the governor. Governor Claiborne Jackson called out the Missouri State Guard to resist. Union forces under Gen. Nathaniel Lyon seized the state capital, and a minority of pro-Union members of the legislature declared the governor removed from office. They appointed a pro-Union governor, and the Federal government recognized him even though he had not been elected. This resulted in a civil war within the state, as Missourians divided and joined both the Union and Confederate armies. Missouri sent representatives to the United States Congress and the Confederate States Congress, and was represented by a star on both flags.
I don't have any more information on James McKnight Bates except a note that his daughter married the son of John Martin Holland.  This marriage ended in divorce.
James McKnight Bates * (1839 - 1914)
is our 2nd great grandfather
daughter of James McKnight Bates *
daughter of Sarah Jane Bates *
daughter of Ollie Florence Holland *


  1. James McKight Bates and his wife Sarah Yandle are my maternal 3rd great-grandparents.

    1. Their daughter Sarah is the sister of Rosa Emma Bates and Jestine Bates. DNA shows that Rosa is my 2nd great-grandmother however the son, Francis Walter Holmes, of Jestine is where the DNA connection happens to occur and it is thought that she either had a child by Rosa's husband Mr. Holmes or she adopted their son.