17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry
This Unit was organized at Keokuk March 21 to April 16, 1862, and mustered in April 16, 1862. They mustered out July 25, 1865.
For more information on the history of this unit, see:
- The Civil War Archive section, 17th Regiment Infantry, (accessed 21 June 2012).
- The Wikipedia article, 17th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment, (accessed 21 June 2012).
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Company A - enrolled in Decatur County
Company B - enrolled in Lee County and Polk County
Company C - enrolled in Lee County
Company D - enrolled in Jefferson County, Van Buren County, Des Moines County, Washington County, Lee County, Wapello County and Louisa County
Company F - enrolled in Appanoose County, Henry County, etc.
Company G - enrolled in Marion County, etc
Company I - enrolled in Lee County, Jefferson County, etc.
Company K - enrolled in Lee County, Warren County and Polk County
Information about the companies and their counties comes from Iowa. Adjutant General's Office, Report of the Adjutant General and Acting Quartermaster General of the State of Iowa, (Des Moines [Iowa]: F.W. Palmer, 1863), pages 616-650. FHL book 977.7 M25ag.
Rosters are also listed in this book.
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Iowa in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Iowa in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Iowa, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).
- Harrison L. Waterman, ed., History of Wapello County Iowa. (Chicago: S.J. Pub., 1914) v.1 page 355. Internet Archive
- Homer H. Field and Joseph R. Reed, ed., The History of Pottawattamie County, (S.J. Clarke, 1907), Page 48, Internet Archive