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Ms. McCrary,

The only place were you may find a thorough consolidated record that a soldier was imprisoned would be the soldier's Compiled Military Service Record (CMSR) (for Broyles' 36th Georgia this is about 4- 5 microfilm rolls).

Lillian Henderson's series of books entitled, "Roster of the Soldiers Confederate States of Georgia, 1861-1865" (I believe it is Volume 4 for the 36th Georgia) is a book starting point but it is not thorough enough and is a hit or miss if they catch every soldier.

If you are looking for information on the individual prisons then you will need to look to the National Archives (rosters, etc), but alot of this information is in the soldier's CMSR too (thus the resulting "card" in the file). Start out by looking in, "The Union: A Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War," Kenneth W. Munden and Henry Putney Beers and it will have the records they have, a brief description, the reference location.

Soldiers from the regiment did not go just to one prison camp but went to a number of them overtime throughout the war.

I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any questions.


Gerald D. Hodge, Jr.
War Between the States Historian
Historian: 39th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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