The Civil War in the East

17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment


The 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment lost 5 officers and 48 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 1 officer and 74 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


It is honored by two monuments at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 17th Connecticut Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg


August 28

Organized at Bridgeport

September 3

Left State for Baltimore, Md. Attached to Defenses of Baltimore, Md., 8th Corps, Middle Dept.


Duty at Fort Marshall, Defenses of Baltimore. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

October 15

At Tennallytown, building Fort Kearney

November 3-12

March to Thoroughfare Gap and Chany


Duty at Brook's Station. Va.


January 20-24

"Mud March".

April 27

Chancellorsville Campaign


Attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Fowler until he was killed on July 1st. Major Allen Brady then took command. It brought 386 men to Gettysburg, of whom 20 were killed, 81 wounded and 96 missing.

From the monument on Howard Avenue: "Erected by the survivors of the 17th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 11th Corps, in memory of their gallant comrades who fell here on the 1st day and on this battlefield on the 2nd & 3rd days of July, 1863. Lieut. Col. Douglas Fowler, Sergt. Samuel Comstock, Priv. Elephalet Mead, William S. Gregory, Corpl. Henry Burns, Priv. Michael Fox, William W. Westlake, Calvin Nobles" Capt. James E. Moore, Sergt. William O'Douchy, August E. Bronson, Bethel S. Barnum, Priv. Frank J. Benson, Theodore Blackman, Smith Delevan, Daniel H. Purdy" "Priv. Richard B. Taylor, Rufus Warren, Joseph S. Whitlock, Corpl. Alvah E. Wilcox, Priv. William F. Bradley, John R. Booth, Stephen C. Crorut, Wilbur B. Morgan, John W. Metcalf"


From the Wainwright Avenue monument: "After a fierce contest with Early's Division at Barlow's Knoll on July 1st, marked by monument there, this regment formed in the line of battle on East Cemetery Hill and on the evening of July 2nd, took position here and was engaged in repulsing the desperate night assault of Haye's and Hokes Brigades."

July 11-13

Hagerstown, Md.

August 1-12

Moved to Folly Island, S.C.; Attached to 2nd Brigade, Gordon's Division, South End Folly Island, S. C., 10th Corps, Dept. South

August 15-
September 7

Siege operations on Morris Island, S.C., against Forts Wagner and Gregg, and against Fort Sumter and Charleston.

September 7

Capture of Forts Wagner and Gregg



Moved to Folly Island, S.C., and duty there, operating against Charleston, S.C., Attached to 1st Brigade, Ames' Division, District of Florida, Dept. South

February 6-14

Expedition to John's and James Islands

February 22

Ordered to Jacksonville, Fla.

April 15-17

Moved to St. Augustine, Fla., and duty there; Attached to District of Florida, Dept. South

May 19

Action at Welaka (Detachment)

May 31-June 3

Expedition to Camp Milton

June 2

Action at Milton

July 18

Companies A, C, I and K at Picolata, St. Johns River

July 22

Companies A, E, F and H moved to Jacksonville

July 23-28

Companies A, E, F and H participated in Expedition to Baldwin

July 24


September 28

Expedition to Enterprise


Attached to 4th Separate Brigade, District Florida, Dept. South


May and June

Companies C, F and H at Lake City, Fla., and G and I at Tallahatchie

June 9

Moved from St. Augustine to Jacksonville

July 7

Duty at Jacksonville

July 19

Mustered out

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