Category: Soldier Life

Another Ruscoe letter posted

A new letter from Floyd Ruscoe has been posted this afternoon. This letter, written to his father, is from April 1863 and covers the regiment’s participation in the XI Corps review for new commanding General O.O. Howard as well as…

Save the date!

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…

A Presidential visit…150 years ago

150 years ago today, President Lincoln reviewed the XI Corps near Brooks Station. The visit was well-known and anticipated. Henry Peck wrote his parents: “We expect Old Abe here Friday to review our brigade. Then I will have a chance…

Welcome 2013

In a few short hours (here on the east coast anyway) it will be 2013. I hope the New Year finds all the readers and visitors of this site healthy and happy. To mark the occasion I’m posting an account…

Lincoln, Gettysburg and 199 pages

Today I saw Lincoln at the movie theater. I’m not going to go into the movie review business (but I liked it). For some reason that made me remember seeing a story referencing a Massachusetts soldier who, having been saved…

The 17th CVI navy (sort of)

I found this anecdote with some relevance to the 17th in Back “in war times.”: History of the 144th regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, by James Harvey McKee, a history of the 144th N.Y.V. Infantry published in1903. The 144th served alongside…

Roster changes…for the better

For the regular visitors to the site (and thanks for coming by again and again!) there are some updates on the roster pages. I’ve been hitting the old Connecticut Catalog of Volunteers to add extra information to the rosters – namely…

Christmas in the 17th

The following was written in December, 1863 by “Manton”  for the Danbury Times. “Manton” wrote a letter for virtually every edition of the paper while the Seventeenth was in the field. “High Private Manton”, “H.P. Manton” and “Manton” were all…