17th Battalion Sharpshooters
17th Battalion Sharpshooters was formed during
the summer of 1862 and contained two companies. Assigned to General
Gardener's Brigade it participated in the Kentucky Campaign, then
in November transferred to General Deas' Brigade, Army of Tennessee.
The Battalion served with distinction in the Battles of Murfreesboro,
Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge, but in December 1863 had only
59 men and 46 arms. It continued the fight in the conflicts around
Atlanta and in July 1864, was under G. D. Johnson's command. However,
after august the battalion ceased to exist. Lieutenant Colonel
Benjamin C. Yancey was in command of that unit.