Today a solemn funeral mass in honor of Private Oliver Stanton Bates of Company A was attended at the Methodist Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Oliver's hometown. Two notices appeared in the Pittsfield Sun newspaper today that reported Oliver's death and funeral.
BATES - At Slough Hospital, Alexandria, Va., Oliver S. Bates, aged 24, a member of Co. A, 20th Mass. Regiment, and son of J. Dwight Bates of this town1
The funeral of Oliver S. Bates, a member of Co. A, 20th Mass. Regiment, who was wounded in one of the battles before Petersburg will be attended this afternoon from the Methodist Church.2
1Pittsfield Sun (Pittsfield, Massachusetts), 1 September 1864, p.3.
2Pittsfield Sun (Pittsfield, Massachusetts), 1 September 1864, p.3.