- Feb 1, 2008Dean,
Recruiting for the Seventeenth did started in May 1862, but took the entire summer to fill the ranks of each company. The companies from across the came together in August and during the last week of the month were mustered in at the Detroit Barracks.
I believe that there is one sentence in Michigan in the War that mentions Pitman, and he may have been responsible for training (Gallahger's source?). The colonel of the Regiment, William Withington, had been a captain in the First Michigan Infantry (captured at First Manassas and not released until the summer of 1862). A few of the other company officers had seen service during the first year of the war.
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