150 years ago in Bridgeport

Example of the medal issued to some members of the regiment during their annual postwar reunions, traditionally held on or near August 28th each year.

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the date over 1,000 soldiers were mustered into Federal service as the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. For many this was their first service, for some it was their second or even third.

On this August 28th let’s take a few moments to remember them. As my friend, 17th reenactor in Florida, and contributor to this site  Jeff Grzelak would say — Bully the 17th!

5 comments for “150 years ago in Bridgeport

  1. Bob davis
    September 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Tonight while searching a favorite thrift store I found poster put out by the national tribune co for the Army of the Potomac. At the bottom it has a raised gold seal and states” this is to certify, sergt. Whitman Sackett served in the Army of the Potomac, having been in Company I, 17th regiment Conn. Inf. it also contains a silk ribbon under the glass that has G A R surrounding 2 crossed muskets, an I, under the muskets. 17 under that and then Conneticut in lage letters across the rest of the ribbon. I love the info I have already found on sackett but and interested about any information anyone can send on the poster or ribbon.

    • 17thCVI
      September 13, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Easiest to say if you have a photo but the poster is almost certainly one of the several published by the National Tribune (which itself was a newspaper for the veterans of the war) commemorating the major Union armies, etc. Space was left at the bottom for the veteran to write in his own information (name, rank, regiment, etc.).

      The ribbon is probably a Grand Army of the Republic encampment delegate ribbon – regimental reunion ribbons don’t have the G.A.R. initials on them (at least the ones I’ve seen) and usually have the year of the reunion or the number of the reunion on them. I’d love to see what that looks like, actually.

  2. Donna
    January 8, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Whitman Sackett is my gg uncle-brother to my gg grandfather. I would love to see a copy of the paper, ribbon you found. I have spent many hours researching the Sackett family..
    Kind regards,

    • 17thCVI
      January 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Donna – there are photos of the ribbon and certificate in the October 10, 2012 post. If you do a search on this site for “Sackett” it will come up.

  3. Donna
    January 23, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Thank You for sharing that info.. I was able to view it on line..I will have to add that to my family history info.. Amazing to see….

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