17th Ohio Infantry

compiled by Larry Stevens

References for this Unit

Capt. Ezra Ricketts Co F 17th OVI
Killed in Action Sept. 20 1863 at Chickamauga
Courtesy of and Copyright © L.M. Strayer Collection


Organized in April, 1861, for three months service, and in August for three years, under Col. John M. Connel, it served over three months in West Virginia and then proceeded to Kentucky, where it participated in the battles of Mill Springs and Perryville. It was with Rosecrans at Stone River and Chickamauga. At the latter place it was badly cut to pieces, coming off the field with but 52 men. At Mission Ridge the 17th captured a Rebel battery and turned the guns on the enemy. The Regiment re-enlisted January 1, 1864, and followed Sherman in his Atlanta campaign and march to the sea; passed in Review at Washington and mustered out at Louisville in July, 1865. The 17th was always at the front, never performing any garrison duty. Colonel Durbin Ward commanded the Regiment during most of its service.

From Dyer's Compendium

17th Regiment Infantry (3 Months). Organized at Lancaster, Ohio, April 20, 1861. Moved to Benwood, Ohio, thence to Parkersburg, W. Va., April 20-23. Attached to Rosecrans' Brigade, W. Va., to July, 1861. 2nd Brigade, Army of Occupation, West Virginia, to August, 1861.
SERVICE.--Railroad guard duty and operating against guerrillas in Jackson County till July. (2 Companies garrison Ravenswood till July 10.) Skirmish at Glenville July 7. West Virginia Campaign July 7-17. Regiment concentrated at Buckhannon. Expedition to Sutton July 15-20. Duty at Sutton till August 3. Left front for Zanesville, Ohio, August 3. Mustered out August 15, 1861.

17th Regiment Infantry (3 Years). Organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio, August 30, 1861. Ordered to Camp Dick Robinson, Ky., September 30, and duty there till October 19. March to Wild Cat October 19-21. Action at Camp Wild Cat, Rockcastle Hills, October 21. Attached to 1st Brigade, Army of the Ohio, November to December, 1861. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Ohio, to September, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Center 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland and Army of Georgia, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.--Operations about Mill Springs and Somerset, Ky., December 1-13, 1861. Advance on Camp Hamilton January 1-17, 1862. Battle of Mill Springs January 19-20. Moved from Mill Springs to Louisville, Ky., February 10-16, thence to Nashville, Tenn., February 18-March 2, and duty there till March 20. March to Savannah, Tenn., March 20-April 8. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Pursuit to Booneville May 31-June 6. Buell's Campaign in North Alabama and Middle Tennessee June to August. Duty at Iuka, Miss., and Tuscumbia, Ala. March to Louisville, Ky., in pursuit of Bragg August 20-September 26. Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-15. Battle of Perryville, Ky., October 8. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 16-November 7, and duty there till December 26. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro till June. Expedition toward Columbia March 4-14. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Hoover's Gap June 24-26. Occupation of Middle Tennessee till August 16. Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-21. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Near Chattanooga October 8. Reopening Tennessee River October 25-29. Brown's Ferry October 27. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Regiment reenlisted January 1, 1864. Veterans on furlough January 22, to March 7, 1864. Reconnoissance to Dalton, Ga., February 22-27, 1864. Tunnel Hill, Buzzard's Roost Gap and Rocky Face Ridge February 23-25. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Face Ridge May 8-11. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Advance on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Mountain June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Utoy Creek August 5-7. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Fayetteville, N. C., March 11. Battle of Bentonville March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D. C, via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June, and duty there till July. Mustered out July 16, 1865. Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 71 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 154 Enlisted men by disease. Total 232.

Thanks to Dr. Richard A. Sauers for the initial research and indexing of the National Tribune articles.

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