I'm definitely still a new member. I have been doing some research into my family history. I know I had several family members serve for the Confederacy. I hope someone with more knowledge than me, is willing to spare a few moments and offer advice or knowledge about the Bates family from the Letcher County Ky area. I have one ancestor in general that I think served but all the information I have found is adding up. I'm at a loss, maybe he did or didn't serve. I know several of his Brothers and at least one Nephew. This ancestry research is fun..............but it is extremely difficult for the first timer like myself. If anyone has a spare moment, I appreciate any and all help that is offered.