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the total of original organization and recruits.



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Ohio in the War.



17th REGIMENT OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.



ROSTER, THREE MONTHS' SERVICE



DATE OF BANK.



COM. ISSUED.



Colonel !..

Lt. Colonel....

Major

Surgeon

Ass t Surgeon

Captain

Ho

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

1st Lieutenant
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do. '
Do.
Do.
2d Lieutenant
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.
Do.



JOHN M. CONNELL

Francis B. Pond

Clement F. Steele

John G. S. Kyle

T. G. Cleveland

A. H. Giesy

Homer Thrall

Thomas Acton

Charles A. Baker

Lyman H. Jackson

J. W. Stinchcomb

Thomas J. Uavncs

Win. II. Floyd

Win. D. Stone

Peter Tallman

Abraham Ogden

Henry 0. Knoop

D. S. Deland

Samuel H. Baker

W. It. Free

.Toll n Wiseman

Daniel Taylor

Amos A. Whissoii

Preston It. Galloway

Frank Askew

A. J. Davis

Charles N. Colliding

Leo Noles

Nelson Sin ne tt

0. E. Davis

Charles H. Rippey

Benj. S. Schirley

J. C. Watson

George W. Doerty

Amos W. Ewing

DavidJ. Roop

CharlS W. Carroll



May
April



May
April



May
April



6, 1861

4, "

22, "

24, "

24, "

25, "
27, "

22, "
1. "

17, "

23, "
17, "
22, "

24, "

22, "

25, "
27, "
22! "

1, "

26, "

23, "
17, "



May
April



May
A pril



May
April



May
April



May
April



15,
22,
24,
22,
25,
27,
22,
1,
26,
23,
17,



May
April



May
April



I"), 1861

4, •'

22, "

24, "
22, "

25, "
27, "

22, "
1. "

17, "

23, "
17, "
22, "

24, "
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25, "
27, "

22, "
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26, "

23, "
17, "



15,
22,
24,

8>!

27,
22,

1,
26,
23,
17,



ROSTER, THREE YEARS' SERVICE.



date of rank,



COM. ISSUED



Colonel

Do

Lt. Colonel....

Do

Do

Major

Do

Do

Do

Surgeon

Do

Do

Do

Ass't Surgeon
Do.
Do.
Do.

Chaplain

Do

Captain

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do

Do



J. M. CONNELL

DTJRBIN WARD

Marshall F. Moore

Durein Ward

Benj. Showers

Duruin Ward

Benj. F. Butterfiei.d

James W. Stinchcomb

Willis G. Clark

Washington L. Schenck.,

Henry J. Derricks

Jonathan E. Fowler

D. D. Benedict

E. Sinnett

Henry J. Herrick

J. E. Fowler

D. D. Benedict

A. T. Fullerton

James H. Gardner

Benj. F. Butterfiehl

James W. Stinchcomb

Joel Haines

Charles H. Ripley

Ezra Rickets

Abraham Ogden

Bonham H. Fox

Amos A. Whisson ,

Daniel M. Rea

Benj. B. Getzendaiiner...

Ben i . Showers

Caleb B. Sharp

Gilruth M. Webb

Willis G. Clark

Emanuel A. Richards

Leo Noles

Henry Arney

Daniel Sheets

John D. Innskeep

Frank Spencer



Aug.
Nov.
Aug.
Dec.
May
Aug.
Dec.

May

Oct.
Dec.
Jan.
June
Sept.
Keb.
A ug.
Feb.
Sept.
Jan.
Aug.
Sept.



Nov.



Jan.
June
Aug.



Dec.



28,

8.
88,
23,

9,
28,
March 11,
Jan. 5,
May 9,
Dec. 28,



Feb.
May
Dec.



6,
28,

14,
21,

5,

18,

21,

27,

II,

12.

16,

19,

26,

28,

4,

4,

4,

9,

6,

1$,
21,



Jan.
June
Dec.
Sept.



Sept. 24,

March 27,

Dec. 28,

" 28,

" 28,



Jan.
June
Oct.



July
March
Dec. 31,
Aug. 30,

Sept. 9,
March 23, :



March 11, 186:

" 11, "

Jan. 23, "

Oct. 30, "

March 23, 186'



Resigned November 12, 1863.

Mustered out November 8, ISR4.

Promoted to Colonel 69th O. V. I. Doc. 31, '62.

Promoted to Colonel.

Absent when regiment was mustered out.

Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel.

Died of wounds December 15, 1803.

Resigned May 2, 1864.

Mustered out with regiment.

Resigned.

Resigned May 30, 1865.
Blustered out with regiment.
Resigned January 18, 1852.
Promoted to Surgeon.
Promoted to Surgeon.
Promoted to Surgeon.
Mustered out.
Mustered out May 15, 1865.
Promoted to Major.
Promoted to Major.
Resigned June 6, 1S62.
Resigned August 4, 1862.
Died September 20, 1863.
Resigned Slay 6, 1864.
Resigned April 25, 1864.
Resigned October 27, 1S63.
Resigned August 16, 1862.
Resigned January 1, 1862.
Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel.
Died at Corinth July 21, 1862.
Resigned March 2, 1863.
Promoted to Major.
Resigned May 30, 1862.
Mustered out.
Resigned.

Resigned September 9, 1863.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out March 12, 1865.



Seventeenth Ohio Infantry.



121



DATE OF RANK,



23, "

1. "

9, "

9, "

9, "

27, "

27, "
20, 1865
20, "
20, "

18, "
31, "
16, 1S61
22, "
26, "

11, "

12, "
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26, "

28, "
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3,
5,
5,
6,
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3,
26,

2,



Captain Owen W. Brown March 23, 1864

Do Oliver B.- Brandt

Do Daniel Sullivan April

Do John L. Ely May

Do Theodore C. Stewart

Do 8eth Collins

Do Thomas R. Thatcher

Do Levi Cornwall "

Do lames F. Weakley April

Do George E. Blair "

Do Vugustus Ward "

Do William H. Walker May

Do lohn B. Eversole "

1st Lieutenant James McDonald Aug.

Do. A.J.Davis "

Do. B-^nj. Showeis "

Do. Aaron P. Ashbrook Sept.

Do. .Jacob Humphreys "

Do. ■ Gilruth M. Webb "

Do. Irvin Linn "

Do. L-> Holes "

Do. P-rry Crossan "

Do. Daniel Sheets Nov.

Do. Frank Spencer "

Do. Win. Cook "

Do. Willis G. Clark !an.

Do. Henry Arney "

Do. Owen W. Brown Feb.

Do. Joseph H. Pool "

Do. Caleb B. Sharp "

Do. Oliver B. Brandt June

Do. Daniel Sullivan Aug.

Do. John L. Ely "

Do. Theodore C. Stewart Nov.

Do. Seth Collins Dec.

Do. Samuel H. Hurd Not.

Do. S. Austin Thaver March

Do. Thomas B. Thatcher May

Do. Levi Cornwall.. March 23, l.*fi-t

Do. Jacob M. Rnffner Sept. 23, 18 ~

Do. James F. Weakley March 23, 1864

Do. Isaiah M. Daniels " 23 '

Do. George E. Blair "

Do. L. L. Simpson "

Do. George Bainey \pril

Do. Oliver Kibbv May

Do. Richard Foster "

Do. Lyman W. Barnes "

Do. Augustus Ward June

Do. Wm. H. Walker "

Do. John B. Eversole "

Do. James Strode July

Do. Edward Chainpliu "

Do. James Outcault Oct

Do. Patrick Wilson

Do. Joshua Jones "

Do. Daniel S. Bird April

Do. Allen Tittler »

Do. Joseph James "

Do. James E. Larimer May

Do. John E. Lane •«

Do. Malcome D. Lane "

2d Lieutenant Henry Arney Aug.

Do. Owen W. Brown Sent.

Do. Joseph H. Pool «

Do. Henry Dewar "

Do. Daniel Sullivan "

Do. Theodore Michaels "

Do. John L. Elv "

Do. Theodore C. Stewart Nov.

Do. Wm. H. Eagle "

Do. Seth Collins •>

Do. 8. Austin Thayer Jan.

Do. Wm. H. Pugh Fi-b

Do. Oliver B. Brandt "

Do. Thomas R. Thatcher April

Do. John D. Inskeeep June

Do. Emanuel A. Richards "

Do. Levi Cornwall July

Do. Jacob M. Ruffner Aug.

Do. James F. Weakley "

Do. Isaiah M. Daniel's "

Do. George E. Bhiir Sept.

Do. L. L. Simpson Nov.

Do. George itainey .March

Do. Alfred St. John J),. c .

Do. Oliver Kibbv May

Do. Richard Foster Nov.

Do. Lyman W. Barnes Dec.

Do. Augustus Ward March

Do. Urn. H. Walker Dec.

Do. John B. Eversole "

Do. James Strode April

Do. Edward Champlin "

Do. James Outcault "

Do. Pat. Wilson ■•

Do. John Matlock ,May

Do. Joshua Join's "

Do. Daniel S. Bird June

Do. Allen Tittler "

Do. Joseph James "



COM. ISSUED.



April
May



April

May
Dec.



23, "

23, "

1, "

9, "

9, "

9, "

27, "

27, "

27, "

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25, "
6, "
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12, "
16, "

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28,

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9, 1861
14, 1863

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11, 1864

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27, "



Jan.
Feb.

May

June
Oct.

Dec.



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9, "

9, "

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27, "
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Oct.

April

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20, 186J

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28, "

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28, "

28, "

2S, "

28, "

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28, "



March 23, 1864 Revoked ; resigned as 1st Lieutenant.

Mustered out with regiment. "

Resigned April 24, 1865.

Resigned July 5, 1865.

Killed.

Resigned July 5, 1865,

Mustered out July 16, 1865.

Resigned May 2:', 1865,

Mustered out with regiment.

Mustered out with regiment.

Mustered out with regiment.

Mustered out with regiment.

Mustered out with regiment.

Resigned January 22, 1863.

Promoted by President September 23, 1863.

Promoted to Captain.

Resigned November 3, 1862.

Died December 21, 1861.

Promoted to Captain August 9, 1862.

Resigned January 25, 1862.

Promoted to Captain.

Resigned Septembers, 1863.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.

Resigned November 21, 1861.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain March 18, 1864.

Resigned May 2.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.

Promoted to Captain.
March II, 1863 Promoted to Captain.
11, " Declined promotion.
11, " Resigned November 4, 1863.
Jan. 23, " Promoted to Captain.
March 23, 1864 Promoted to'Captain.
Oct. 30, 1863 Killed.
March 23, 1864 Promoted to Captain.

23, " Resigned Septembei 21, 1864.

Promoted to Captain.

Honorably discharged July 8, 1364.

Resigned November 3, 1864.

Declined promotion.
Deceased June 15, 1864
Killed.

Promoted to Captain.
Promoted to Captain.
Promoted to Captain.
Resigned December 31, 1864.
Mustered out with regiment
Mustered out with regiment.
Resigned June 12, 1865.
Resigned February 4, 1865.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
Mustered out with regiment.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Resigned June 6, I8B2.

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant August 9, 1S62,
Resigned July 21, 1862.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Resigned April I, 1862.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant,
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Resigned August 15, ls62.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to Captain.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
IS63 Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
" |Resigned .March 30, 1864.
" Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
1864 Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.
Promoted to 1st Lieutenaut.



May
June
July
Oct.



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March 11,

April 7,

June 23,

Jan. 9,

March 15,

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June



122 Ohio in the War.



SEVENTEENTH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.



THE nucleus of this regiment was an organization of thirty-two men, raised under the
militia law of Ohio, at Lancaster, Ohio, commanded by Joseph A. Stafford. Four
days after the attack on Sumter, Captain Stafford had filled his company to the required
number of one hundred men, and started by cars via Zanesville for Columbus, arriving there the
next day. They were assigned as company A, First Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Sergeants Theodore Nichols and A. II. Geisy and private J. W. Stinchcomb were detailed a9
recruiting officers, with orders to return to Fairfield County and recruit another company. By the
20th of April one hundred and eighty-five men had been recruited, and on the 27th two com-
panies, instead of one, were organized, Sergeant Geisy being elected Captain of one and private
Stinchcomb Captain of the other.

The second call of the President on Ohio for twenty-three regiments found these two com-
panies in camp on the Fair Grounds, near Lancaster, Ohio. They were at once made the nucleus
of the Seventeenth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for the three months' service. In a few
days Captain Acton, of Madison County, Captain Haynes, of the same county, Captain Lyman
Jackson, of Perry County, Captain Charles A. Baker, of Hocking County, Captain Frank F.
Pond, of Morgan County, Captain Stone, of Mercer County, Captain Thrall, of Licking, and
Captain Tallman, of Belmont County, each reported with a company, and organized the regiment
by electing the field officers.

On the 20th of April the regiment was placed on board the cars at Zanesville for Bellaire,
and on arriving at Benwood, on the Ohio River opposite Bellaire, a large fleet of boats were found
in waiting to receive troops. On the morning of the 23d, all the troops and baggage being aboard
the boats, the fleet steamed down the Ohio River, and arrived at Marietta on Sunday afternoon,
where it lay until the next morning, and then started for Parkersburg, and in a few hours were on
Virginia soil.

The Seventeenth was at once brigaded with the Ninth and Tenth Ohio, General William S.
Rosecrans commanding the brigade. Its first duty was to guard trains to Clarksburg, Virginia,
and return. Company F was sent to guard two trains leaded with provisions to Clarksburg, West
Virginia, and return. Companies A and B were detailed as guard to General MtCleKan. Com-
panies I, F, G, and K, were sent down the river on an expedition, under charge of Major Steele, with
Bealed orders, not to be opened until Blennerhassett's Island was passed. One company was put
off at Larue, West Virginia, and the other two proceeded on down to Ripley Landing, and crossed
over by land to Ripley, the county scat of Jackson County. Both detachments w r ere to operate
against the guerrillas of the different localities. The two Wises, father and son, were operating in
that part of Virginia, and made their boasts that, they would "annihilate the Yankees on sight."
They, however, took good care to keep within safe running distance of the aforesaid "Yankees."
O. Jennings Wise had tried "cleaning out" the two companies of the Seventeenth stationed near
Ravenswood, but had ignoruiniously failed. The old Wise, feeling outraged that his son had not
brought back with him the two companies of Yankees, swore he would bring them himself. A
young lady of the neighborhood of Charleston, Virginia, being advised by a mulatto boy of Wise's



Seventeenth Ohio Infantry. 123

intentions, on the evening of the 1st of July started on horseback for Eavenswood, taking the
by-roads and cow-paths to reach there. At daybreak next morning she notified Captain Siinch-
corab of the impending danger, and before Wise readied Eavenswood a courier had arrived at
Parkersburg, and re-enforcements were on the march from Larue, Virginia, Hockingpoit, and
Gallipolis, Ohio. Governor "Wise, hearing of these re-enforcements, retired to Eipley in the
greatest haste, starting for that place at three o'clock in the morning.

The two companies remained at Eavenswood and garrisoned the place until the 10th of July,
when they were ordered to evacuate and report to the regiment at Buckhannon, Virginia, on the
14th of July. The other five companies of the regiment, Colonel Connell commanding, left the
railroad at Petroleum and marched across to Buckhannon via Glenwood, at which place, on the
4th of July, they were surrounded by about fifteen hundred Eebels, but being well posted, held
their position until re-enforced by the Tenth Ohio, Colonel Lytle.

It was intended to have had the Seventeenth Ohio concentrated in time to participate in the
battle of Eich Mountain, but, as it was thought a much better work was being performed in
Jackson County by bi caking up recruiting camps and preventing many from joining the Eebel
ranks, it was not done.

Shortly after the regiment was consolidated at Buckhannon, it was ordered on an expedition,
in company with several other regiments, Colonel Tyler commanding, to Sutton, Virginia.
After a long and very hard march, some days making thirty-three miles, Sutton was occupied
and fortified.

On the 3d of August, 1S61, the Seventeenth Ohio, having overserved the time some days,
started for home, arriving at Zanesville, Ohio, on the 13th of August, and was mustered out on
the 15th.

Efforts were immediately made to reorganize the regiment for three years, and on the 30th
of August it assembled at Camp Dennison.

The regiment drilled until the 30th of September, when it was ordered to Kentucky, and
reported at Camp Dick Eobinson on the 2d of October, 1861. From thence it moved to Wild
Cat, and was the first regiment to relieve Colonel Garrard, of the First Kentucky. The regi-
ment participated in the Wild Cat fight and lost seven men wounded. It was brigaded with the
Thirty-First and Thirty-Eighth Ohio, General Albin Schcepf commanding.

The Seventeenth Ohio also participated in the battle of Mill Springs, resulting in the defeat
of General Zollicofi'er. From this battle-ground the regiment marched to Louisville, Kentucky,
and took boats for Nashville, Tennessee, where it arrived on the 3d of March, 1862. Thence
across the country to Shiloh, but being detailed to guard the wagon train through, did not reach
the ground in time to take part in the battle. It participated in the siege of Corinth, and was
engaged in several severe skirmishes, in one of which company B, with seventy men, penetrated
the Eebel lines, drove the Eebel pickets on their reserves, and held the position for two hours,
losing two men severely wounded, and four slightly.

Thence the regiment marched to Booneville, Mississippi, in pursuit of the flying enemy ;
then back via Corinth and Iuka to Tuscumbia, Alabama, where it arrived on the 1st of July.
From this place they joined and marched with Buell's army to Louisville, Kentucky. It was
at the battle of Perryville but did not participate, though under fire in the rear of General
Mitchel's command. From Danville and Lebanon, Kentucky, the backward march of the army
was commenced, the Seventeenth accompanying.

At the battle of Stone Eiver the brigade to which the regiment was attached was stationed
on the extreme right until the 29th of December, when, after night, it marched from Nolinsville
to the Murfrccsboro' Pike, and next day had a severe skirmish with Wheeler's cavalry at
Lavergne, recaptured all the mules Wheeler had taken from our train, and saved about two
hundred wagons from being burned. The regiment went into the battle-line on the Stone Eiver
field about one o'clock on the 31st of December, and with its brigade charged the Eebel General
Hanson's brigade, drove them in confusion, killing their General, and some one hundred and
fifty of the rank and file. The loss of the Seventeenth was twenty wounded.



124 Ohio in the War.

After the long rest at Murfreesboro', General Rosecrans inaugurated the Tullahoma cam-
paign. The Seventeenth moved with its brigade, and at Hoover's Gap, under the command of
Lieutenant-Colonel Durbin Ward, charged the Seventeenth Tennessee Rebel regiment, strongly
posted in a belt of woods. In making this charge the Seventeenth Ohio was compelled to cross
an open field, and receive a full fire directly in its left flank from a Rebel brigade and battery.
Yet the regiment went steadily on, drove the Seventeenth Tennessee, and occupied their posi-
tion. This charge was executed with such coolness and determination as to draw the particular
attention of General Thomas.

At the battle of Chickamauga the regiment was on the extreme right of the center, attached
to the corps commanded by General Thomas. When General Wood's division was double-
quicked out of the line, the gap left exposed the right flank of the regiment, of which the Rebels
immediately took advantage, and opened fire both on the right flank and front, causing it to lose
heavily, and scattering the men in confusion. Company B, being the only one of the regiment
that retreated in a body, was halted about three hundred yards from where they had been driven,
gave three cheers, sounded the rally for the Seventeenth Ohio, gathered some two hundred of
them together, and charged back on the enemy, but to little purpose, as the Rebels outnumbered
them ten to one. Falling back again, now only about one hundred strong, they held a given
point, and fought throughout that memorable day, leaving the field with but fifty-two men. The
loss of the Seventeenth in this battle in killed and wounded was over two hundred, not counting
those with slight flesh wounds. This was the severest fight in which the regiment had partici-
pated. The gallant Captain Ricketts fell dead in the early part of the fight, and Lieutenant-
Colonel Ward fell about the middle of the afternoon, on the front line, badly wounded. During
the siege of Chattanooga the Seventeenth was in several severe skirmishes, and at the Brown's
Ferry coup de main it won honor along with the brigade to which it was attached. At Mission
Ridge, though in the rear line at the start, the regiment was in the front when the top of the
hill was gained. In this brilliant charge the brave and gallant Major Butterfield fell mortally
wounded, while leading the regiment. Captain Benjamin Showers, next in rank, completed the
charge. The regiment captured a Rebel battery and turned the guns on the retreating enemy.

Captain Stinchcomb about this time returned from a leave of absence in Ohio, and being the
ranking officer, took command of the regiment. General Bragg's late head-quarters on Mission
Ridge was occupied by the regiment for some time.

On the 1st of January, 1864, the subject of re-enlisting as veterans having been agitated,
three hundred and ninety-three members of the Seventeenth agreed to embark if necessary in
another three years' campaign, and on the 22d of January the regiment started home on fur-
lough. On the 7th of March it returned to the field, with an addition to its ranks of over four
hundred men. Colonel Ward, though still suffering from his wound, and compelled through the
entire Atlanta campaign to wear his arm in a sling, resumed command of the regiment. It took
only a subordinate part in the heavy skirmishing at Rocky Face Ridge, but on the 13th of May
bore its full share in the battle of Resaca. An assault having been ordered, it moved forward
with Turchin's brigade until, unsupported on either right or left, it could go no further. It still,
however, held the position it had gained until the commanding General decided to abandon the
attack on the enemy's works at that point. Its loss here was quite heavy.

Skirmishes, that were half battles, continued almost daily; and in those at New Hope
Church, Pumpkin Vine Creek, and several other places, the Seventeenth was actively engaged.
One of these skirmishes, coming on the 18th of June, was long remembered in the regiment as
"Waterloo" — the drenching rain in which they fought having quite as much to do, in their
minds, with the name as the anniversary.

At Kenesaw Mountain the regiment suffered less than it had in previous actions of less im-
portance; but the heat was so intense that many men were carried off, prostrated by sun-stroke.

At the battle of Peach Tree Creek, July 20th, the regiment was actively engaged. The
heaviest fighting was further to the left, but the Seventeenth lost two officers and several privates.

Moving with Jeff. C. Davis's corps to the rear of Atlanta, the Seventeenth was among the



Seventeenth Ohio Infantky. 125

claimants for the honor of having been first to strike the railroad. The next day Hunter's
brigade — formerly Turchin's — in which the Seventeenth had been placed throughout the cam
paign, sustained Este's, and advanced under a galling fire of musketry and artillery to the
assault on Jonesboro'. This ended the campaign.

Colonel Ward's wounded arm having become worse, he feared the effects of exposure through
the winter, and now resigned ; although he afterward acted as volunteer aid on Schofield's staff
at the battle of Nashville.

Lieutenant-Colonel Showers had just escaped from a Kebel prison in time to assume the
command, and lead the regiment, with the rest of Sherman's army, "Down to the Sea." The
Seventeenth saw very little more fighting which, after its past experience, it could call severe. It
followed Sherman through the Carolinas, took part in the battle of Bentonville, passed in review
before the President at Washington, and was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, in July, 1865.

One-half of the Seventeenth was raised in Fairfield County ; three of its companies belonged



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