In late May 1862, the 36th Georgia was part of Reynold's Brigade, under E. Kirby Smith's Department of East Tennessee and on June 26, 1862 was ordered from Powell's Valley near Clinton, Tennessee to Chattanooga. They were in the Knoxville, Tennessee area during the month of May 1862. The regiments from Georgia during this time period were being dissemiated by disease. Literally hundreds of men were either died or were disabled by disease during this time period. Below is a message from E. Kirby Smith to Governor Joe Brown showing the seriousness of the situation.
"The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies., Volume XVI, Book 2." Washington, D. C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.
KNOXVILLE, TENN., June 20, 1862.
His Excellency JOSEPH E. BROWN,
Governor of Georgia :
SIR: The following regiments and battalions of troops from your State are now under my command in this department, viz: Thirty-ninth Georgia Regiment (Colonel McConnell) Infantry; Forty-second Georgia Regiment (Colonel Henderson) Infantry; Fifty-second Georgia Regiment (Colonel Boyd) Infantry; Third Georgia Battalion (Lieutenant-Colonel Stovall) Infantry; Fortieth Georgia Regiment (Col. A. Johnson) Infantry; Forty-third Georgia Regiment (Colonel Harris) Infantry; 36th Georgia Regiment (Colonel Glenn) Infantry; Ninth Battalion (Major Smith) Infantry First Regiment (Colonel Morrison)Cavalry. The regiments have now been reduced, chiefly by sickness, to an average effective strength of about 400 men. Can you not take measures for adding to them from conscripts and by calling upon all absentees who are now able for duty to rejoin their regiments, so that the muskets be kept constantly in use?
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. KIRBY SMITH,
Again you will need to look at the CMSR's and find out additional information. Misspellings of names were not uncommon and sometimes you could see these throughout the records. Both Company G and I was from Whitfield County. I recommend you look at the Federal Census Data for 1860
to potentially deconflict your information for John and T.G. Stoker. Look at the original records and look at where they live at and compare the location in Whitfield County the CMSR has for where they enlisted.
The charge across and down the face of the north end of Missionary Ridge was spectacular. My ancestors were in the 39th Georgia and helped lead these counterattacks. I have been on the ridge numerous times and have led both Military Staff Rides and also assisted twice with Historical Walking Tours in conjunction with the Chief Historian at the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. This battle was truly the finest hour for Cumming's Brigade and redeemed themselves in their own eyes and the eyes of many others for the debacle (not their own fault) at Baker's Creek, Mississippi. I don't think that at this point Major General Cleburne was such a legend within the Army of Tennessee as he became just a day or two later because of his defense at Missionary Ridge and at Ringgold Gap. I have never seen any of the men of Cumming's Brigade mention him in their war time correspondence.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Gerald D. Hodge, Jr.
War Between the States Historian
Historian: 39th Georgia Volunteer Infantry Regiment