Like many Civil War regiments, the Seventeenth Connecticut never had a book length regimental history written after the war. Nevertheless, students of the regiment have some contemporary histories to study. During the 1880′s Colonel William Noble wrote his history of the regiment for inclusion in The History of Fairfield County. His account is noticeably biased, and less than accurate in places, but no more so than most of the regimental histories published in the post-war period.
In 1886 a serial history of the Seventeenth was printed in the Danbury Times. Written by William Warren, a private in Company C, the history was published in 22 parts covering the service of the regiment from enlistment to muster out. Full of anecdotes and benefiting from Warren’s wartime journal, the history is far more detailed.
The regimental history would be a life long obsession for Warren. Right up until the time of his death in the early 20th century, Warren solicited information from his former comrades for the purpose of compiling a regimental history. By the time of his death, Warren had amassed 8 volumes of information, nearly all typewritten. His Herculean effort went unpublished, a victim perhaps of it’s size and the inability of the Seventeenth Connecticut Veteran’s Association to come to terms with Warren.
Here you will find both Colonel Noble’s history and William Warren’s 1886 history available for study, as well as some background history on Warren’s unpublished work.