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  • Joseph Reinhart
    Jan 20, 2012
      Several libraries have copiers, including Western Kentucky University. You should be able to borrow a copy through your local library's interlibrary loan program.


      for locations of libraries with this book.

      From: "SAMUEL FOSTER" <sammylf@...>
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 3:38:10 PM
      Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: 17th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry


      I have seen this reference and tried to find a copy through various sources, including our local specialty book store.  Do you have any clues?  I have also recently discovered Samuel Cox's Civil War Diary is in the Western Kentucky Univ. Manuscripts Collection.  He was also in the 17th KY Inf.

      From: Joseph Reinhart <sixthky@...>
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 5:46 AM
      Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Re: 17th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry

      See John Blackburn's history of the 17th Ky.

      A hundred miles, a hundred heartbreaks [by] John Blackburn ; illustrated by Rex Denton.

      Author: Blackburn, John, 1914-
      Publisher: [S.l. : s.n.] c1972.


      From: "SAMUEL FOSTER" <sammylf@...>
      To: "josepharose" <josepharose@...>
      Cc: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 10:34:47 PM
      Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: 17th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry

      Thanks so much for your assistance.
      At Shiloh, I found only one historian who was familiar with the 17th KY and he had little appreciation for their contributions.  I feel they have been overlooked because of their service  being divided among 3 Armies (Tennessee, Ohio & Cumberland) and being from a rather unpopulated area in KY.  At every turn, I am finding remnants of their incredible heroism under fire.  The docent at the Civil War Museum in Bardstown, which I hope to revisit this spring, is the first I have found that has some appreciation of them.  He said "They are legendary around here," and was familiar with the history of Col.McHenry's men.
      What started out as an inquiry into my ancestor's experiences is growing into a desire to see their contributions chronicled.
      Notably: (1) Flanking manuever at Fort Donelson called the most daring and successful of the day by Gen.Lew Wallace in his action report (he also remarked that they performed like veterans- a great compliment for a fledgling volunteer infantry in their first major battle), (2) First to turn back Confederate charge by Rebel's right flank at Shiloh, (3) First to plant their colors at Corinth and (4) First and only regiment to plant their flag on top of Snodgrass am seeking any/all original source information.
      I was hoping to find someone preparing a Regimental History of these men.  What began as a casual inquiry into the past of Samuel Thomas Brown (Pvt., Co. A) is becoming a desire to document the history of this remarkable regiment, including the personal and political turmoil of the issues with which they dealt.  They represent a country torn apart as well as any in the war.
      Thanks again,

      From: josepharose <josepharose@...>
      To: SAMUEL FOSTER <sammylf@...>
      Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:25 PM
      Subject: 17th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry


      Hurlbut and Lauman and the men under them performed very well at Shiloh. The Louisville Weekly Journal of 4/29/62 mentioned how the 17th and 25th KY repulsed the enemy.

      Among the resources I saw in a quick search (using the phrase "seventeenth Kentucky") of archive.org (which is a great, great source of books about the Civil War which are in the public domain) was:

      Compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Kentucky (Volume Reel 0298 - Compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Kentucky - Seventeenth Infantry, A – Bo) - United States. National Archives and Records Service
      Designated as Record group 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office

      This 75 MB .pdf file (it can also be read online) may be helpful if you want information about a particular soldier. Other, similar files have the rest of the alphabet.

      The regiment doesn't appear to have a regimental history written in book form.

      civilwararchive.com has the following information for the regt:

      17th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry
      Organized at Hartford and Calhoun, Ky., September to December, 1861. Attached to 13th Brigade, Army of Ohio, to December, 1861. 13th Brigade, 5th Division, Army of Ohio, to February, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Tennessee, to March, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to April, 1862. 10th Brigade, 4th Division, Army of the Ohio, to July, 1862. 9th Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of Ohio, to September, 1862. District of Western Kentucky, Dept. of Ohio, to November, 1862. Post of Clarksville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to March, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 21st Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps, to January, 1865.

      SERVICE.--Duty at Calhoun, Ky., until February, 1862. Action at Woodbury, Ky., October 29, 1861. Morgantown October 31. Moved to Fort Donelson, Tenn., February 11-13. Investment and capture of Fort Donelson, Tenn., February 13-16. Expedition to Crump's Landing, Tenn., March 14-17. Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Bridge Creek before Corinth May 28. Pursuit to Booneville May 31-June 12. Buell's Campaign in Northern Alabama and Middle Tennessee June to August. March to Nashville, Tenn., thence to Louisville, Ky., in pursuit of Bragg August 21-September 26. Moved to Bowling Green, Ky., thence to Russellsville, Ky., and duty there until December. Ordered to Clarksville, Tenn., and duty there until March, 1863. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., thence to Murfreesboro, Tenn., and duty there until June. Middle Tennessee (or Tullahoma) Campaign June 23-July 7. At McMinnville until August 16. Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-20. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25, March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. Operations in East Tennessee December, 1863, to April, 1864. Moved to Cleveland, Tenn. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May to September. Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Adairsville May 17. Near Kingston May 18-19. Near Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Operations on Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Pickett's Mills May 27. Ackworth June 6. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 26. Ruff's Station July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20, Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. Moved to Nashville and Pulaski, Tenn. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. Battle of Franklin November 30. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., December, and mustered out January 23, 1865.

      Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 128 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 5 Officers and 158 Enlisted men by disease. Total 298.

      I hope this helps,

      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, SAMUEL FOSTER <sammylf@...> wrote:
      > Sorry, but I am interested.  My Greatgrandfather was with the 17th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and I am persuing this regiment's history.  They fought under Hurlbut/Lauman at Shiloh but were then assigned to Army of Ohio under Buell until their reassignment to Rosencrantz in the Battles of Chattanooga, Chicamagua, Atlanta, etc.
      > So far, my investigation only goes through Buell,  If you find these paths crossing anywhere else, please post.
      > The 17th ws formed in Ohio County Kentucky.  I am planning a visit to the Civil War Museum at Bardstown this spring.  It is dedicated only to Western Theater.
      > From: Ned Baldwin <ned_baldwin@...>
      > To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 8:34 PM
      > Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: 16th US Corps Movements October December 1863
      > --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, William Nolan <sixtxcavrgtcsa@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Does anyone have knowledge of the 16th Corps move from Chatanooga toward Chickamonga after September 26, 1863 and its return toward Corinth in December.
      > ----
      > During that timeframe the 16th Corps consisted of the US forces stationed in western kentucky, western tennessee and northern mississippi. They didnt move to Chattanooga in 1863.

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