Governor William Calvin Oates / Colonel W. C. Oates, CSA at Gettysburg

Governor William Calvin Oates / Colonel W. C. Oates, CSA at Gettysburg (HM1DB2)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36107 Montgomery County
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N 32° 23.083', W 86° 17.658'

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Governor William Calvin Oates

Born in Pike County into a poor Alabama family in 1835, Oates practiced law in Abbeville when the War began. Elected Captain of the "Henry Pioneers," Co. G, 15th Alabama Infantry. He saw service in Jackson's Corps and was appointed Colonel of the 15th Regiment in 1863. Given command of the 48th Alabama infantry in July 1864, Oates' right arm was shattered by a mini ball at Petersburg in August 1864. He later served Alabama as a legislator, Congressman, and Governor. Oates served stateside as a Brigadier General, USV in the Spanish-American War.
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Colonel W. C. Oates, CSA at Gettysburg
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July 2, 1863: General Law's Alabama Brigade of Longstreet's Corps arrived on the field, having marched 23 miles in 11 hours. The 15th Alabama Regiment commanded by Oates became the extreme right flank of Lee's Army. It made five charges up Little Round Top against withering fire of the enemy and engaged in fierce hand-to-hand combat with Col. Joshua Chamberlain's 20th Maine Regiment and other Federal troops before being driven off the hill by a final desperate bayonet charge from the high ground against its flank and rear. Oates always attributed his regiment's failure to take its objective on the shortage of water and fatigue from the forced march.
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HM NumberHM1DB2
Year Placed1994
Placed ByThe Alabama Historical Association
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 2:08pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 566378 N 3583298
Decimal Degrees32.38471667, -86.29430000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 23.083', W 86° 17.658'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 23' 4.98" N, 86° 17' 39.48" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2000-2098 Stella St, Montgomery AL 36107, US
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