Non-Commissioned Officers

Sergeant Benjamin F. Brinkerhoff - Company G

Sergeant Benjamin F. Brinkerhoff - Company G

From Ridgefield, Brinkerhoff enlisted in August 1862. He was promoted to Corporal in March 1864 and to Sergeant in September of the same year. Brinkerhoff was mustered out with the regiment in July 1865.

Photo from collection of Dale Call

1st Sergeant George Scofield - Company B

1st Sergeant George Scofield - Company B

One of four brothers who fought for the Union, Scofield first served with the 3rd CT Volunteer Infantry as a Private. He reenlisted on July 24, 1862 into Co. B of the 17th CVI as a Sergeant. He was promoted to 1st Sergeant in September 1863. Scofield was captured along with a large part of Co. B at Welaka, Florida on May 19, 1864. He was paroled in November 1864 and mustered out in July 1865.

(photo used with permission of The Stamford Historical Society)

Corporal Albert O. Seeley - Company B

Corporal Albert O. Seeley - Company B

Captured at Gettysburg, Pa. on July 1st, 1863. Seeley was also captured on May 19, 1864 at Welaka, Florida. He was imprisoned at Andersonville before being paroled in December, 1865. He died shortly after his release, on January 9, 1865.

(photo courtesy of Scott Hann. Also in collection of Dale Call)

John H. Benedict

Corporal John H. Benedict - Company C

Corporal Phineas Lounsberry - Company C

Corporal Phineas Lounsberry - Company C

A post war image. Discharged due to disability in December 1862. Lounsberry would serve as Governor of the State of Connecticut (as did his brother) from 1887 to 1889. Several post-war reunions were held at his estate in Ridgefield.

(photo from collection of Dale Call)

Sergeant Cyrus T. Bachelder - Company D

Sergeant Cyrus T. Bachelder - Company D

Bachelder was a merchant in Bridgeport, CT prior to the war. He enlisted as a sergeant, was captured at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. Bachelder was reduced to the ranks just prior to the end of the war in March 1865.

(from D. Scott Hartzell Collection/USAMHI)

Sergeant Selah G. Blakeman - Company D

Sergeant Selah G. Blakeman - Company D

Blakeman was a 21 year old single farmer from Stratford who enlisted as a private in 1862. He was promoted to sergeant on January 30, 1864 and was mustered out with the regiment July 19, 1865.

(Image used courtesy of Ann Wardman)

Sergeant Selah G. Blakeman - Company D

Sergeant Selah G. Blakeman - Company D

A wartime photo of Sergeant Blakeman, taken sometime after his promotion to Sergeant in January 1864. He would hold that rank until the regiment mustered out in July 1865.

Photo courtesy of the Stratford Historical Society, Stratford, CT

Selah G. Blakeman (postwar image)

Selah G. Blakeman (postwar image)

Blakeman served the entire war without being hurt. In 1866 he married and bought a farm in Huntington (Shelton), CT. He served as first selectman of the town, held the office of deputy sheriff for three years, and other minor offices in the town. Blakeman also served many years as foreman of the Echo hose and hook and ladder company of Shelton. In 1879 he was elected to represent the town in the Connecticut legislature. He served as aid-de-camp on Governor Lounsbury’s (another veteran of the 17th CVI) staff in 1887-8 with the rank of colonel. He was very active in the activities of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). He is shown here in his GAR uniform. The medal over his left breast (your right) is the regimental badge of the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, commissioned after the war.

(Image used courtesy of Ann Wardman)

Corporal Charles Chipman - Company E

Corporal Charles Chipman - Company E

Enlisted at the age of 14. He was captured at Chancellorsville, Va. on May 2, 1863. He was paroled on May 14, 1863. Family history says that he was also captured on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg, although there is no official record of this. Chipman was promoted to Corporal on March 7, 1865, dating this photo to that period.

(photo courtesy of Chip Belyea)

1st Sergeant N. Raymond Griffith - Company F

1st Sergeant N. Raymond Griffith - Company F

Image probably taken while in camp at Bridgeport - the "17" is visible on his kepi. Griffith was mustered in as Sergeant of Company F, and promoted to 1st Sergeant in March 1863. He was discharged by reason of disability in July 1864.

(photo from collection of Dale Call)

1st Sergeant Charles Loomis - Company F

1st Sergeant Charles Loomis - Company F

Loomis was from Norwalk, CT where he enlisted August 12, 1862. He was mustered in as sergeant and was promoted to 1st Sergeant on July 27,’64. He was mustered out with the regiment in July 1865. After the war Loomis was active in the GAR, and was a post commander of the Buckingham Post in Norwalk.

(photo from collection of Dale Call)

Corporal Frank S. Middlebrook - Company F

Corporal Frank S. Middlebrook - Company F

Middlebrook enlisted as a corporal in Norwalk, CT on August 11, 1862. He was appointed Sergeant-Major in August 1864. After the war he was active in the Buckinham Post, GAR, serving as post commander.

(photo from collection of Dale Call)

Corporal Andrew Couch - Company G

Corporal Andrew Couch - Company G

Enlisted from Ridgefield, CT. He was killed on May 2, 1863 at Chancellorsville, Va. Couch was the first Ridgefield resident to be killed in the Civil War.

(photo courtesy of Bobby Dobbins)

Sergeant Isaac Crissey - Company  H

Sergeant Isaac Crissey - Company H

Crissey, a New Canaan carpenter, was 45 years old when he enlisted in 1862. Crissey was wounded on May 2, 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA. He was transferred to the 21st Company, 2nd Battalion of the Veterans Reserve Corps in August 1863. This is a hand-tinted tintype.

(photo courtesy of Jael Raymond)

Isaac Crissey - postwar

Isaac Crissey - postwar

This postwar image shows Crissey wearing his GAR badge.

(photo courtesy of Jael Raymond)

Sergeant Joseph North - Company H

Sergeant Joseph North - Company H

A post-war image. Originally a musician with the 5th CVI, he enlisted in the 17th CVI in February 1865. From his letters home, he continued as a musician with the regiment's band. Joseph's brother--1st Lt. Henry North of Company A and D--also served with the 17th from it's muster-in in 1862.

(photo courtesy of Chris Edy)

Sergeant Patrick Wade, Jr. - Company K

Sergeant Patrick Wade, Jr. - Company K

A post-war image. Promoted Sergeant at Gettysburg and was 2nd in Command of a Squad of 12 men who recaptured the town of Gettysburg on morning of July 4th, 1863. After the war, he was Stockholder Director and Superintendent of the mechanical printing dept. for the Bridgeport, CT Republican Standard.

(photo from the collection of Dale Call)

Sergeant Benjamin F. Brinkerhoff - Company G1st Sergeant George Scofield - Company BCorporal Albert O. Seeley - Company BJohn H. BenedictCorporal Phineas Lounsberry - Company CSergeant Cyrus T. Bachelder - Company DSergeant Selah G. Blakeman - Company DSergeant Selah G. Blakeman - Company DSelah G. Blakeman (postwar image)Corporal Charles Chipman - Company E1st Sergeant N. Raymond Griffith - Company F1st Sergeant Charles Loomis - Company FCorporal Frank S. Middlebrook - Company FCorporal Andrew Couch - Company GSergeant Isaac Crissey - Company  HIsaac Crissey - postwarSergeant Joseph North - Company HSergeant Patrick Wade, Jr. - Company K