Listed as a runaway male slave age 22 and a house servant who left with the gun boats in July 1863. Undated report filed pursuant to Act of March 28, 1863 by Francis W. Ware, Charles City Commissioner of Revenue, Auditor of Public Accounts: Runaway and Escaped Slaves, Receipts and Reports, 1863, Library of Virginia Archives. Bates enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a 1st Class Boy and served on the USS Wabash. African Americn Sailors in the Union Navy NPS database.