36th Alabama Infantry


Mar 29, 2017
Burke, Virginia
My GG Grandfather, Berry Hyche. Served in 36th Alabama Infantry. He was captured at Missionary Ridge November 24, 1863. released from Rock Island june, 1865. Anyone have access to any first person accounts of the 36th?
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Kingsport, Tennessee
My GG Grandfather, Berry Hyche. Served in 36th Alabama Infantry. He was captured at Missionary Ridge November 24, 1863. released from Rock Island june, 1865. Anyone have access to any first person accounts of the 36th?View attachment 129769

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Chickamagua after battle report:

Report of Col. Lewis T. Woodruff, Thirty-sixth Alabama Infantry.

In front of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 28, 1863.

CAPT.: I have the honor to make the following report of the
participation of my command in the battles of the 19th and 20th
I took into the battle of the 19th instant 401 muskets.

About 1.30 p. m. my regiment was ordered to the front, where
we met the enemy, and received his fire at a distance of about
100 yards. The men being ordered to lie down and fire, did so,
and continued to load and fire until the command was given to
cease. Soon afterward we were withdrawn and ammunition

During this engagement Lieut. Col. T. H. Herndon; Capt. J. G.
Cleveland, of Company E; Lieut. A. H. Hutchinson, of
Company C, and Lieut. J. C. Knox, of Company B, were

At 5 p. m. we were again ordered to the front and passed Gen.
Bate's brigade, which was halted in line of battle. Charging at
double-quick time over a hill and across a road, we entered a
cornfield, to the left of which, in the woods, a battery of the
enemy was posted. Lieut. Gladden, of Company H, and Lieut.
Meek, of Company A, both passed within a few yards of this
battery with their companies, and went through the corn-field and
into a wheat or sedge field fully one-half mile in front of this
battery. Lieut. Meek saw the enemy's flag not 200 yards distant
and ordered Private Baily to fire upon it. Both officers (Lieut. G
[ladden] and M[eek]) desired rather to obtain the flag than
capture the battery. Lieut. Britton, of Company C, who passed
by the battery, corroborates the statements of Lieut. Meek and
Gladden. Lieut. Smith, of Company I, was in front and saw only
two companies, except those from Clayton's brigade, in the field
beyond the road. Lieut. Walker, of Company D, not regarding
the battery, continued to fire upon the retreating enemy and
pursue his flag. All concur in saying that the greater portion of
my regiment was in the corn-field and that it first reached the
battery. Thence it pursued the enemy and his flag for more than
one half mile to the front. During the absence of my regiment
other troops coming up removed the battery.

Lieut. T. H. Shelton, of Company K, was wounded in this charge.

On Sunday, the 20th instant, I took into the battle 296 muskets.

Between 12 m. and 1 p. m. we were ordered to the front to
charge a battery. Capt. Derby, of Company K; Lieut. Gordon,
of Company B; Lieut. Bell, of Company G; Lieut. Britton, of
Company C; Lieut.'s Thompson and Banks, of Company I;
Lieut. Walker, of Company D; Lieut.'s Lott and Cleveland, of
Company E, and Lieut. Wiggins, of Company F, with a part of
their commands, reached a house and a low fence about 150 or
200 yards distant from the battery, from which they were
repulsed by a heavy fire of artillery and infantry. It is to be
regretted that the influence of a brigade on their right retreating
was left at so critical a moment, and that the batteries would
undoubtedly have been taken had the men continued fighting five
minutes longer.

During this charge, Lieut. J. A. Cleveland, of Company E, and E.
S. Bell, of Company G, were killed, and Lieut. W. H. P.
Gordon, of Company B, Lieut. D. M. Prewitt, of Company D,
Lieut. E. G. Lott, of Company E, and Lieut. J. Banks, of
Company I, were wounded.

Rallying my men in the rear, I formed them in line of battle in
an hour. Marching thus to the front and right, my regiment took
a position in front of a line of the enemy's breastworks. Being
ordered to lie down, the men did so, and remained somewhat
exposed to the fire from the enemy's batteries until near 5 p. m.
Having then received an order to march to the front, we
approached the woods and found the enemy retreating. We
passed over the defenses and followed the enemy, firing on them
until we reached an open field, on the right of which other troops
of our army were engaged, and then were ordered to halt. The
Thirty-eighth was sent to occupy a hospital of the enemy on our
left; the Eighteenth to intercept and captured prisoners, and my
own regiment, being ordered to remain in the edge of the woods,
took charge of any of the enemy who voluntarily (as some did)

We bivouacked on this ground for the night, and collected the
following morning 274 rifles, 169 muskets, 122 bayonets, and
274 cartridge boxes, with belts, &c., complete ( and many
incomplete); two double boxes of ammunition, and a lot of
bayonet scabbards, all of which were turned over to the ordnance

Commending every officer engaged in the fight for his gallantry
and zeal, I would especially name Capt. A. J. Derby, of
Company K, who rendered efficient services during both days,
and Adjt. T. A. Hatch, for his continued activity and exertion.

The non-commissioned officers and men of my command
exhibited the courage and gallantry which characterize all
Southern soldiers, and I am confident will make a better fight
when they again meet the enemy than they did on the 19th and
20th instant.

Color Bearer J. W. Tillinghast, of Company B, carried the
colors both days, and always full to the front. In the charge on
Sunday he was foremost with his flag, and only retired when most
of the command had turned back. He is a cool, brave man, and
deserves special mention.

Very respectfully, &c., your obedient servant,

Col., Comdg.

Capt. J. M. MACON,
Assistant Adjutant-Gen., Clayton's Brigade.


October 18, 1863.

CAPT.: In more particularly amending or explaining my report
of the participation of my regiment in the charge made in the
evening of the 19th proximo [ultimo], I have the honor to say
that, not being certain of the locality of the battery, I called on
my line officers, who are mostly of the opinion it was located
beyond or west of the road and opposite to our ninth or tenth
companies, in woods skirting the field. One, however, says it
was on the east side of the road. My own recollection of the
locality is that the battery was beyond the road and opposite to
the ninth and tenth companies of my regiment; that there were
two brass pieces, around which were lying several horses, and
that the guns were abandoned by the enemy. In this I am
confirmed by my officers, who saw one brass
gun being hauled off by Gen. Bate's men as they (my
officers) were returning from the front and before they reached
the fence and road.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Col., Comdg.

Capt. J. M. MACON,
Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

Source: Official Records
[Series I. Vol. 30. Part II, Reports. Serial No. 51.]


Report of Capt. James A. Wemyss, Thirty-sixth Alabama Infantry, of operations
May 7-28.

BIVOUAC, June -, 1864.
GEN.: I have the honor to submit the following report of the
operations and casualties of the Thirty-sixth Regt. Alabama Infantry
at Rocky Face Mountain, Resaca, and New Hope Church:

May 7, being in winter quarters in Crow's Valley, received marching
orders at 7 o'clock, and at 9 o'clock wet into position behind
breast-works on Mill Creek Gap ridge; thence forward a mile into
line of battle, which at 4 p. m. was changed to the right. At 12
o'clock at night retired to Rocky Face Mountain, strengthened our
breast-works, and remained under fire during the day of the 9th of
May until 6 p. m., when we received orders to relieve the Thirty-eighth
Alabama Regiment, then hotly engaged in the rifle-pits in
front; moved under a raking fire; relieved the Thirty-eighth Alabama
Regiment, and after an hour's heavy musketry repulsed the
enemy, silencing his fire with considerable but unknown loss to him.
Was relieved at daylight; returned to Rocky Face Mountain as
reserve to the Thirty-eighth Alabama Regiment, then in the breastworks.
The fire of shell and canister was annoying all day.

At 5 p. m. on the 10th of May was ordered to support the Thirty-eighth
Alabama Regt. in repulsing a persistent charge of the
enemy on our position, part of the regiment occupying the flank
rifle-pits on our left.

Our casualties were: Enlisted men-killed, 1; wounded slightly, 5;
missing, 2: total, 8.

May 12, received orders to retire from our position, which was
quietly done at 12 o'clock at night, retiring through Dalton and by
a road down the Oostenaula [Connesanga] River by easy marches,
reaching Resaca at sundown on the 13th.

Went into line of battle at 8 a. m. on May 14 spent most of the
day in erecting good breast-works. At 4 p. m. received orders to go
forward, which was promptly done, to the skirmish line, from which
we charged the enemy's heavy line behind breast-works; easily
routed them and vigorously pursued until dark. The castaway gulls,
knapsacks, and blankets told too plainly of the terror and demoralization
of the enemy, and what might have resulted in decisive advantages
but for the approaching darkness. Resting quietly in distinct
hearing of the enemy's orders and movements until 12 o'clock,
we returned to our position behind the breast-works, sleeping until
7 o'clock on the 15th of May, when our orders were to move forward,
which advanced our lines a few hundred yards, when we threw up
breast-works and were soon under fire of the enemy's heavy line of
skirmishers. At 5 p. m. received orders to move forward, swinging
around to the left and dressing to the right. This order was promptley
obeyed, though under a deadly fire. After moving forward with
the regiments of the brigade on our right a few paces were ordered
to lie down. When again ordered to move forward the command
promptly arose and moved under a tremendous volley, which mowed
its ranks right and left until ordered the second time to lie down.
The second command to move forward was alike promptly obeyed
by the thinned ranks, and persisted in, though without any support
on our left, which was enfiladed by a murderous fire from the enemy
in front of the brigade on our left. The wheel to the left by our
regiment and brigade brought our left companies in front of the
right of the brigade on our left, in this position confronting the
heavy line of the enemy behind strong works, in easy, range, and
under a fatal and scathing fire from our front and left flank. We
were ordered to retire to our works, which was done in good order,
some of the men on the left coming in over the breast-works of the
brigade on our left. This charge of but twenty-five minutes' duration
resulted in heavy loss, our casualties being: Officers--killed, 1;
wounded mortally, 2; severely, 3; slightly, 3; total, 9. Enlisted
men--killed, 13; wounded mortally, 9 severly, 26; slightly, 27;
missing, 8; total, 83. Aggregate, 91.

May 15, at 12 o'clock at night, received orders to retire quietly;
passing through Resaca at 1 o'clock, formed line of battle, protecting
our rear and the bridge. Resuming our march at 2 a. m., crossing
the bridge, by easy marches toward New Hope Church, passing
and forming in line of battle at Adairsville and Cassville, reaching
the bridge over the Etowah, crossing and burning it, resting, and
recruiting two days, moving thence to the railroad; thence toward
New Hope Church, where we went into line of battle from the march
on the 25th of May, at 11 o'clock. Stacking arms, hastily threw up log
breast-works; were charged by heavy lines of the enemy at 3 o'clock,
and were hotly engaged until after dark, repulsing three heavy lines
in as many assaults with heavy loss to the enemy. At night strengthened
our works under a desultory fire of the enemy; our works were
closely watched, our vedettes in front thirty to fifty paces, capturing
prisoners and horses.

At daylight on the 26th of May our whole front swarmed with the
enemy's sharpshooters, and confronted by a heavy line of skirmishers,
whose fire was a great annoyance, preventing our regiment from being
relieved; too much danger, consequently eighty men were kept with
the Sixteenth Louisiana Regiment, who came to relieve us to defend
the works, thus doing ten hours constant duty.

Our casualties were important. Our colonel (L. T. Woodruff) was
seriously wounded on the 25th of May, at 4 o'clock, the ball entering
his thigh near the leading artery. He was carried from the field,
believed to be mortally wounded.

Officers-killed 1; wounded seriously (Col. L. T. Woodruff), field
1, line 1; total, 2. Enlisted men-killed, 4; wounded mortally, 3;
severely, 11; slightly, 13; total, 31.

Was relieved from this line and position May 28, at 3 a. m.

Casualties aggregate: Field officer, 1; line officers, 10; enlisted
men, 122.

All of which is respectfully submitted.

Your obedient servant,

Capt., Comdg. 36th Regt. Alabama Infty., Clayton's Brig.

[Gen. H. D. CLAYTON.]

Source: Official Records
[Series I. Vol. 38. Part III, Reports. Serial No. 74.]

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