Carte de visite of Major John Yates of the 1st Michigan Engineers and Mechanics. Yates entered service at organization as the Captain of Company A at age 28. He rose through the ranks, promoted to Major on May 28, 1863, and succeeded Colonel Innes on November 3, 1864. He was the regiment’s Colonel at mustering out on September 22, 1865.
Thank God for Michigan: Stories from the Civil War (June 6 2011 – March 29 2015) Thank God for Michigan was an exhibition developed by the GRPM to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The exhibit featured over 150 artifacts from the GRPM's collection and told the story of the Civil War through the lens of soldiers and civilians from Michigan.
Yates, Colonel John B. John Bradt Yates was born on October 19 1833, in Schenectady, New York. At some point in his life he moved to Michigan, and at the organization of the Civil War he entered the service as the Captain of the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics Regiment, Company A. In 1863, he was promoted to Major, and in late 1864 he succeeded William P. Innes as Colonel of the Regiment. He served as Colonel until he was mustered out on September 22, 1865.
After the war, Colonel Yates worked as an engineer and served for a time as Superintendent of Railroads in Tennessee. He died on October 13, 1899, in Amesburg, Ohio, and is buried in Schenectady, New York.