WILLIAM B. BATE. Signature: "Wm. B. Bate/Tennessee", 5½x2¼.
William Brimage Bate (1826-1905) was Governor of Tennessee from 1883-1887
and served as the state's U.S. Senator from 1887 until his death, just
five days into his fourth term. Bate, a former attorney and District Attorney
of the Nashville District (from 1854), had seen service as a volunteer in
the Mexican War before entering the Confederate Army as a private. Bate,
who was wounded three times and had six horses shot out from under him, ended
the War as a Major General. Bate, who fought in most of the battles of
the Army of Tennessee, including Shiloh (where he was severely
wounded), Chickamauga, Nashville and the Atlanta campaign,
was under General Joseph Johnston's command in North Carolina at the close of
the War. As a U.S. Senator, Bate authored legislation (1893) that repealed
the last harsh Reconstruction measure. Stray ink marks. Fine condition.
Framed in the Gallery of History style: 18½x21¼.
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