17th Regiment Infantry










17th Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Trousdale, Sumner County, Tennessee, in June, 1861, with 914 men. Its companies were raised in the counties of Bedford, Marshall, Franklin, Moore, Coffee, Jackson, and Putnam. It served at Cumberland Gap, then moved to Kentucky where it was engaged at Rock Castle and Fishing Creek. Later the unit was ordered to Mississippi and assigned to A.T. Hawthorn's Brigade. Returning to Kentucky attached to B.R. Johnson's Brigade, it fought at Perryville, then joined the Army of Tennessee. After fighting at Murfreesboro and Chickamauga, the regiment was consolidated with the 23rd Infantry. This command was sent to Knoxville, then Virginia where it saw action at Drewry's Bluff, took its place in the Petersburg trenches, and, assigned to McComb's Brigade, ended the war at Appomattox. The 17th totalled 547 effectives in June, 1862, lost forty-one percent of the 598 at Murfreesboro, and had fifty-two percent disabled of the 249 at Chickamauga. It surrendered 5 officers and 63 men on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Albert S. Marks, T.C.H. Miller, and Tazewell W. Newman; Lieutenant Colonel Watt W. Floyd; and Majors James C. Davis and Absalom L. Landis.

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