Julius was the sixth of nine children born to Julius R. Bates,Sr and Lydia Hulsey. He was 24 years old and working on the family farm when he enlisted in the Confederate States Army. He enlisted in Company E 19th Alabama Infantry at Kirks Grove on August 13,1861. He was 5'8" tall with blue eyes and black hair. He was wounded at Corinth, Mississippi and died there in a hospital.