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Unfortunately, there are no surviving muster rolls for Company E of the 36th Alabama Infantry, hence, we cannot trace their enlistment status and subsequent present at the following bi-monthly musters.

W C. Churchull [sic], age 44, resident of Mobile County, Alabama, Private, Company E, 36th Alabama Infantry, surrendered at Citronell, Alabama May 4, 1865, paroled May 30 at Mobile, no other records


William Churcwell's cards are filled with James W. Churchill

James W. Churchwell enlisted as a Private in Company E, 36th Alabama Infantry, wounded October 1863 and sent to Floyd House and Ocmulgee Hospital, Macon, Georgia, captured near Marietta, Georgia July 10, 1864, sent to Camp Douglas, Illinois prison camp, discharged May 16, 1865, dark complexion, black hair, grey eyes, 5' 9", place of residence [looks like Green County, however it is extremely faint to read on-line]


Thomas Churchwell enlisted as a Private in Company E, 36th Alabama Infantry March 15, 1862 at Mobile, Alabama, admitted to Hospital of Camp of Convalescents, Rome, Georgia, n. d., last shown present there on October 31, 1863, no further records

M311: Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama

These records may be procured through the service recorded in the red enclosed box above.


The Thirty-sixth Alabama, organized at Mt. Vernon arsenal, May
12, 1862, was first engaged in constructing defenses at Oven and
Choctaw bluffs, then remained at Mobile until April, 1863, when
it was sent to Tullahoma and brigaded under General Clayton with
the Eighteenth, Thirty-second, Fifty-eighth and Thirty-eighth

This brigade, with General Holtzclaw as commander after the
promotion of General Clayton, was identical throughout the war.
The regiment took part in the battle of Chickamauga, where it
began its glorious battle record; the number of its wounded in
every engagement shows the spirit which inspired its leaders.

It wintered at Dalton; fought at Crow Valley, Rocky Face, May 9,
1864; Resaca, May 16th; New Hope, May 25th, fighting constantly
from Dalton to Atlanta, and lost 300 men. At Jonesboro, August
31st and September 1st, it lost very heavily. It was with Hood
in Tennessee and fought gallantly at Nashville, December 15th and

Transferred with the brigade to General Maury it was stationed at
Spanish Fort, where perhaps its greatest hardships were
experienced and it lost 110 of its men, wounded and captured.
The survivors were surrendered at Meridian.

Capt. James A. Wemyss was wounded at Atlanta; John C. Adams, D.
W. Kelly and James W. A. Wright at Missionary Ridge; John M.
Walker was killed, and Washington Lott wounded at Resaca; John G.
Cleveland killed at Chickamauga; William L. Higgins wounded at

The field officers were: Cols. Robert H. Smith, Lewis T. Woodruff
(wounded at New Hope), and Thomas H. Herndon, who was severely
wounded at Chickamauga and again at Atlanta, and whose conduct
throughout the war was unsurpassed (he was the last man to leave
the trenches at Spanish Fort); and Maj. Chas. S. Henegan.

Source: Confederate Military History, vol. VIII, p. 169

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