Bates was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and the Grand Army of the Republic. He died in San Diego, California on February 4, 1919.
Bates commanded a provisional division in maneuvers at Fort Riley and commanded the Departments of the Missouri and the Lakes from 1901–1904 and later the Northern Division for a 12 months earlier than serving as Chief of Staff of the United States Army from January 15 to April 13, 1906. During this time, he was promoted to Lieutenant normal. He retired from lively service in April 1906 having reached the obligatory retirement age of 64. He was the final Army Chief of Staff to have served within the American Civil War.
Bates later served on the Indian Frontier for a few years (being promoted to main in 1882 and to lieutenant colonel in 1886), was made a colonel of the 2nd Infantry Regiment in 1892, and in May 1898 was promoted to brigadier normal of an Independent Brigade consisting of the third Infantry Regiment and twentieth Infantry Regiment within the Spanish–American War and commanded a division of volunteers within the Philippines within the early levels of the Philippine–American War. He was navy governor of Cienfuegos in 1899, went that 12 months to the Philippines, the place he carried out the negotiations with the Sultan of Sulu. From 1900–1901, he commanded the first Division, Eighth Army Corps, carried out operations in opposition to insurgents in southern Luzon, after which commanded that division.
Bates was born in St. Charles County, Missouri to congressman and future Attorney General Edward Bates and Julia Davenport Coalter. He was educated at Washington University in St. Louis. He was commissioned a primary lieutenant with the eleventh Infantry Regiment and later turned an aide to General George G. Meade, reaching the brevet rank of lieutenant colonel for gallant and meritorious service in operations ensuing within the seize of Richmond and give up of General Robert E. Lee’s military in April 1865.
John Coalter Bates (August 26, 1842 – February 4, 1919) was a United States Army officer who served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army from January to April 1906. Along with Arthur MacArthur Jr., Bates was one of many final American Civil War veterans nonetheless on lively obligation within the United States navy on the time of his retirement.