Birthplace of William B. BateWilliam Brimage Bate was born here in 1826, and during the Civil War he rose to the rank of major general. He left home at the age of sixteen to be a clerk on a steamboat. During the Mexican War, he served as a lieutenant, then became a journalist, a lawyer, and a state legislature. As the Civil War approached, he raised a militia company in Castalian Springs and was soon elected colonel of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry. Arriving in Virginia with his regiment in time for the First Battle of Manassas, he captured a Congressman from New York who had come out to see the action. In February 1862, he and his men reenlisted and returned to Tennessee. In the Battle of Shiloh on April 6-7, he received a severe leg wound that incapacitated him for several months. Commissioned brigadier general in October 1862 and major general in February 1864, he led a brigade and then a division in the Army of Tennessee in all of the major battles in the western theater, including Stones River, Chickamauga, Franklin, and Nashville. Bate declined the offer of a nomination for Tennessee governor, saying "I would feel dishonored in this hour of trial to quit the field"—-a commitment to duty that voters later remembered. Bate surrendered with his old regiment at Greensboro, North Carolina, in April 1865.
|Series||This marker is part of the Tennessee: Tennessee Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 9:17am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 563027 N 4027435|
|Decimal Degrees||36.39000000, -86.29721667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 23.4', W 86° 17.833'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 23' 24.00" N, 86° 17' 49.98" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 467-479 Old Hwy 25, Castalian Springs TN 37031, US|
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