We are definately related, my father,Charles Bates, was Denver Bates' brother. Lemuel Bates, my great grandfather, was a conferate soldier in Fry's artillery and Captain Turners Light Artillery out of Virginia. He served from May 20,1861 to July 1863 as a wagoneer. He was a stone mason.
He was born in Charleston VA Nov 24, 1843 and died in Atlanta, Ga Feb 13, 1915. He married Martha Ann Arnold Nov 15, 1865 in Charleston WV. He had three children with her, Edward Moses , Lemuel Washingron and Mary Lillian. He also had three daughter with a second mariage to Emily Morrow.
I have lots of info on this Bates line which goes back to at least William Bates 1730 and and Elizabeth Henshaw. Our line is documented by The Bates Family of Old Virgnia (BFOOV). We are in the WE branch. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org