The collection contains 32 items by or related to United States army office Kinzie Bates (died 1884), including his 1877 diary
written during his field
assignments to various Dakota Territory camps near the Black Hills during army campaigns against the Sioux and their search
for Sitting Bull and Lame Deer.
United States Army Officer Kinzie Bates joined the 1st Michigan Infantry as a private in 1861 and saw battle during the United
States Civil War at Corinth and Vicksburg, Mississippi.
After the war he was promoted to Captain and stationed at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was transferred to
the frontier in 1869 and married Elizabeth
Chumley Bates in 1873. Bates participated in the final months of Colonel Nelson A. Miles' "Yellowstone Campaign" as a battalion
commander in the US 1st Infantry. Bates died in 1884.
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