Part of this intellectual drill will be the analysis of these men. As an old boss of mine would say, "There are a thousand stories in the naked city," and I am sure by evaluating these stories we will come up with 3K-4K worth.
I am confident, with the material and sources that I have looked at over the past several years and what I will find in the near future, that I can get at least a good sampling to categorize the various circumstances that caused these men to be in North Georgia during that time period.
It will be eye-opening and maybe even uncomfortable.
Gerald D. Hodge, Jr.
M.A. Military History - Civil War Concentration
Research - Preservation
Historian: 39th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment