Rank and File

Private Albert Allen - Company A

Private Albert Allen - Company A

Enlisted from Wilton, CT in 1862, died on July 25, 1864. Various records show his middle initial as "N". The record for his government supplied tombstone, dated 1879, shows his burial place as New Britain, CT however a rgave marker also exists in Wilton, CT.

Photo courtesy of Mike Fisher

Private Timothy Donovan  - Company A

Private Timothy Donovan - Company A

A post-war image. Donovan was captured at Gettysburg on July 1st, 1863. Following the war, he and fellow 17th CVI veteran James Montgomery bought the Danbury Times.

photo courtesy of Brian Donovan

Private Isaac Hyatt - Company A

Private Isaac Hyatt - Company A

Enlisted in 1864. He served as the Fire Chief in Meriden, CT for 25 years and was one of the one of the founding fathers of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association. Hyatt was inducted into the Connecticut Firefighters Hall of Fame in 2009.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Grzelak

Private Norman S. Kellogg - Company A

Private Norman S. Kellogg - Company A

Enlisted in Bridgeport, CT in January 1864.

Photo courtesy of USAMHI

Private James M. Bailey - Company C

Private James M. Bailey - Company C

A post-war image. Captured at Gettysburg, Pa. on July 1st, 1863. In 1870 Bailey purchased the "Danbury Times", and founded the "Danbury News". He also wrote a history of Danbury, CT, which included extensive information on Danbury's contributions to the Civil War effort. He was mustered out with the regiment in July 1865.

Photo courtesy of Robert Young

Private William A. Clark - Company C

Private William A. Clark - Company C

Image taken in Washington, DC. Clark enlisted in August 1862 and was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps in May 1864.

Clark died in Danbury, Connecticut at a young age (42) of consumption.

Photo contributed by Holly Omansiek Ludlam

Private Samuel Downs - Company C

Private Samuel Downs - Company C

Mustered out with the regiment in July 1865.

Photo contributed by Ginny Gage

Private Rufus Rice - Company C

Private Rufus Rice - Company C

Discharged due to disability in January 1863.

Photo contributed by Jo Rice

Private John H. Grannis - Company C

Private John H. Grannis - Company C

Transferred to the U.S. Navy in August 1864. Became a doctor in eastern Connecticut after the war and was president of the CT State Medical Society in 1901.

Private James Henry Blakeman - Company D

Private James Henry Blakeman - Company D

A postwar image. Blakeman was cousin to Selah Blakeman of the same company. He was wounded and captured on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg and subsequently returned to Union lines shortly afterwards. After his muster out in 1865 Blakeman was a farmer and stock breeder, holding many local offices in Stratford, CT.

Photo from "History of Bridgeport and vicinity", George Curtis Waldo, Jr.

Private Stephen Crofut - Company D

Private Stephen Crofut - Company D

A prewar image - Crofut was a 20-year-old Stratford fisherman when he enlisted in Company D in August 1862. Crofut was killed on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.

Image Courtesy of Shelton Historical Society

Private George Gregory - Company D

Private George Gregory - Company D

Wounded on Dec. 16, 1862 at Stafford Court House, Va. He was also captured at Gettysburg, Pa. on July 1, 1863. He mustered out with the regiment in July 1865.

Collection of Dale Call

Private Henry Huss - Company D

Private Henry Huss - Company D

A post-war image. Captured at Chancellorsville - May 2, 1863. He was active in Westchester County, NY politics after the war, and sevred in various NYS military organizations. He reached the rank of Lt. Col. in the 27th Regt., NY National Guard. Henry Huss was the artist of the drawings featured on this site.

Photo courtesy of Sue McCabe

Private Stephen Lewis - Company D

Private Stephen Lewis - Company D

Image taken in 1864 at Hilton Head, South Carolina. Lewis was captured in February 1865 during the fight at Braddock's Farm, in which Lt. Col. Wilcoxson was mortally wounded and Adjutant H. Whitney Chatfield was killed. Lewis was briefly imprisoned at Andersonville until he was paroled in late April.

Photo from collection of Dale Call

Private Benjamin Brotherton - Company E

Private Benjamin Brotherton - Company E

A postwar photo. Wounded at Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863. Mustered out with regiment in July 1865.

Photo from collection of Dale Call

Corporal Roscoe Perry - Company E

Corporal Roscoe Perry - Company E

A postwar photo. Perry, a resident of Westport, enlisted July 11, 1862. He was promoted to Corporal in April 1863. Captured on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg, he was paroled on August 25th. He was mustered out with regiment in July 1865. Perry ended up marrying Margareta Antonio Capo, a St. Augustine woman, and staying there. Their Noda Concession property is the site of the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum!

In 1891 Perry is listed as being employed by the War Department as a messenger at Fort Marion in St. Augustine.

Photo courtesy of Virginia Selley

Private Michael Ryan - Company E

Private Michael Ryan - Company E

A post-war image. Sick in a field hospital as the 17th marched towards Gettysburg, Pvt. Ryan was aware that "the balloon was up". He left against the advise of the surgeons to rejoin his company for the battle. He was struck by a shell fragment during the fighting on East Cemetery Hill on July 2, 1863. He was mustered out with the regiment in July 1865.

Photo courtesy of James Joyce

Private John H. Batterson - Company F

Private John H. Batterson - Company F

A postwar photo - Batterson enlisted in 1862. He was captured at Gettysburg and paroled in August 1863. Batterson served as the final president of the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Association for several years until his death in 1934.

Photo from August 28, 1922 Norwalk Hour

Private James Hoyt - Company F

Private James Hoyt - Company F

Transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps in September 1864. He is listed as a deserter in June 1865.

Photo courtesy of USAMHI

Private Jarvis Kellogg - Company F

Private Jarvis Kellogg - Company F

A postwar image. Transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps in December 1863. He was active in the GAR after the war in Norwalk, CT's Buckingham Post.

Photo from collection of Dale Call

Private James Lyon - Company F

Private James Lyon - Company F

Active as well in Norwalk, CT's Buckingham Post of the GAR.

Collection of Dale Call

Private Horace Q. Judd - Company G

Private Horace Q. Judd - Company G

A postwar photo. Judd enlisted from Ridgefield, CT in 1862. He was captured at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863 and was subsequently transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps, where he served the remainder of the war. After the war Judd became a well-known clergyman.

Photo used with permission of the Gunn Memorial Museum, Washington, CT.

Private Anthony Comstock - Company H

Private Anthony Comstock - Company H

A post-war image. Comstock enlisted in December 1863 following the death of his brother, Sgt. Samuel Comstock, who was mortally wounded at Gettysburg. Mustered out with the regiment, Comstock later authored strict NY state statutes against "immoral" works. He was appointed a Special Agent of the US Postal Office, and was responsible for passage of the Comstock Law, still on the books today, outlawing mailing of "lewd, filthy, obsene and vulgar" materials. Comstock was, and is, a highly controversial figure of his time. The noun "Comstockery" is still a part of everyday speech - defined as "censorious opposition to alleged immorality". He died in 1915.

Photo from collection of Dale Call

Private Thomas Driscoll - Company H

Private Thomas Driscoll - Company H

Discharged for disability in January 1863.

Photo courtesy of USAMHI

Justus Silliman - Company H

Justus Silliman - Company H

A postwar photo. Silliman was wounded and captured on July 1, 1863 at Gettysburg. After the war he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was a professor of Mining Engineering and Graphics at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

Photo from collection of Dale Call

Private Albert M. Allen - Company APrivate Timothy Donovan - Company APrivate Isaac Hyatt - Company APrivate Norman S. Kellogg - Company APrivate James M. Bailey - Company CPrivate William A. Clark - Company CPrivate Samuel Downs - Company CPrivate Rufus Rice - Company CPrivate John H. Grannis - Company CPrivate J. Henry Blakeman - Company DPrivate Stephen Crofut - Company DPrivate George Gregory - Company DPrivate Henry Huss - Company DPrivate Stephen Lewis - Company DPrivate Benjamin Brotherton - Company ECorporal Roscoe Perry - Company EPrivate Michael Ryan - Company EPrivate John H. Batterson - Company FPrivate James Hoyt - Company FPrivate Jarvis Kellogg - Company FPrivate James Lyon - Company FPrivate Horace Q. Judd - Company GPrivate Anthony Comstock - Company HPrivate Thomas Driscoll - Company HPrivate Justus Silliman - Company H