Some more additions to the site

by 17thCVI on April 19, 2014 · 0 comments

Thanks to Paul Keroack and the Norwalk History Room at the Norwalk Public Library, is able to add a variety of letters written home by Floyd T. Ruscoe of Company H for our readers. Ruscoe, originally from Lewisboro, NY, enlisted in Company H out of New Canaan at the age of 19 and served throughout the war. A big thank you to Paul for bringing these to light and taking the time to transcribe them for the site!

As most visitors know, this site is a compilation blog. Simply put, this site has existed since 1997 (wow) to locate information on the 17th CVI and put it here, in one place, where anyone interested (and willing to spend some time with it) can find it. How effective it may be depends a great deal upon the friends of the site who find, transcribe, scan and otherwise provide the material you see here.

That said, I’m always looking to add more! I still have dozens of letters in my own collection that need to be transcribed and added (19th century handwriting runs the gamut from fancy to look at and easy to read to practically indecipherable – such as Colonel Noble’s letters!).



The missing 10th part to J. Montgomery Bailey’s account of his capture, captivity, and subsequent parole following Gettysburg is no longer missing in action. The November 19, 1863 edition is not microfilmed and this portion was unavailable. Thanks to Keith Miller, the entire account is now online for your perusal. Keith, who presents on the 17th CVI as well, relates that the entire series was reprinted by Bailey in 1866 after he purchased the Danbury Times. This part was publsihed in the May 17, 1866 edition.

Bailey’s account is one of the very few published accounts from a member of the 17th that recounts the POW experience following Gettysburg.

A big thank you to Keith for finding it, transcribing it and sending it along to the site!


Save the date!

March 16, 2014

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Carolyn Ivanoff (a long time contributor and friend to this site) will be presenting her program “One Family’s Civil War –  the military career of Capt. Wilson French, CT 17th Volunteers, and his wife Martha Bouton of Old Mill Hill on Boston Avenue”. The program begins at 6:30 pm at the North […]

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New material added today

January 25, 2014

The remaining installments of J. Montgomery Bailey’s (aka “High Private Manton”) Under Guard or Sunny South in Slices have been posted under the Gettysburg category. Actually, part 10 is still missing – but the remaining parts are now online. Thanks to Bridget Carroll, gr. gr. granddaughter of Pvt. John Augustus Lowden, 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Company […]

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In case you’re looking for something a little different…

January 20, 2014

Every now and then something comes up on eBay that is different and interesting. In this case, it’s a regimental badge that belonged to Lieutenant A.W. Peck. If you spend some time browsing the Warren history you’ll see the name come up now and again. For that matter, he played a significant role in the […]

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Happy New Year (with the standard New Years message)

January 20, 2014

To all the visitors to this site, welcome to 2014! It’s been a  little while since this site received the attention it should be getting. As always, real life sometimes gets in the way of regular updates and additions to material. This past fall and winter were, unfortunately, no exception to the rule. Some housekeeping […]

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Website enhancements (a work in progress)

July 31, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to add information to the site – mostly because a lot of the pending additions require transcribing letters…a time-consuming process when the original handwriting is legible, and seemingly an eternity when it is not (letters written by Colonel William Noble are the latter quality). The latest enhancement […]

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And one for the road…

July 29, 2013

This is, of course, the 17th CVI site on most days. However, with due deference to the battlefield sidekick, who did not ask to come along on this trip but had no choice, I had little choice myself to bring her to see some sites that would interest her more than bugs and rocks and […]

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A dog’s eye view

July 28, 2013

The battlefield sidekick found a few other places that were fun. A little rain and thunder didn’t stop her. Puddles are fun if you are a puppy. The weather and the crowds (forgetting it is summer) made it a little harder to spend a lot of time on the field, but we managed to get […]

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In the ‘burg – on scene at Gettysburg

July 27, 2013 is in Gettysburg for a quick weekend (or almost weekend) visit. I wasn’t really to keen about braving the crowds for the 150th so here we are a few later. Since it is going to be a bit hot and a little stormy, I went out this morning with my new trusty battlefield sidekick. […]

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