17th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
17th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate) was organized at Manassas Junction, Virginia, in June, 1861, using the 6th Battalion Virginia Infantry as its nucleus. Men of this unit were recruited in the counties of Warren, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Fauquier.
Many were captured at Sayler's Creek, and 2 officers and 46 men surrendered on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Montgomery D. Corse, Arthur Herbert, and Morton Marye; Lieutenant Colonels William Munford and Grayson Tyler; and Majors George W. Brent and Robert H. Simpson.
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 (Alexandria Riflemen) - many men from Alexandria County
Company B ( Warren Rifles) - many men from Warren County
Company C ( Loudoun Guard) - many men from Loudoun County
Company D ( Fairfax Riflemen) many men from Fairfax County
Company E ( Mount Vernon Guards) - many men from Alexandria County
Company F ( Prince William Rifles) - many men from Prince William County
Company G ( Emmett Guards) - many men from Alexandria County
Company H ( Old Dominion Rifles) - many men from Alexandria County
Company I (O'Connell Guards) - many men from Alexandria County
Company K ( Warrenton Rifles) - many men from Alexandria County
The information above is from 17th Virginia Infantry, by Lee A. Wallace, Jr.
- Muster Roll of the Seventeenth Virginia Infantry, 1861-1865. MSS., Alexandria City Courthouse (Alexandria, Va.). Copy: FHL Film 30204 Item 2.
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in Virginia 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.
- Virginia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Virginia, 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.
- Glasgow, William M. Northern Virginia's Own: The 17th Virginia Infantry Regiment, Confederate States Army. Alexandria, Va.: Gobill Press, 1989. FHL Book 975.5296 M2g.
- Herbert, Arthur. Sketches and Incidents of Movements of the Seventeenth Virginia Infantry Read Before the R. E. Lee camp, C.V., Alexandria, Va. 1909? FHL Film 1550318 Item 41. Another copy: FHL Fiche 6082854. and An Address Delivered by Col. Arthur Herbert on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Occupation of Alexandria by the Federal Troops, May 24, 1861. Washington, D.C.: n.p., 1911. Digital version at Internet Archive; FHL Fiche 6082853.
- Hunter, Alexander. Johnny Reb and Billy Yank. New York: The Neale Publishing Co., 1905. Digital version at Google Books; FHL Fiche 6082855 (8 fiche).
- Wallace, Lee A. 17th Virginia Infantry. Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1990. FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 67.
- Wise, George. History of the Seventeenth Virginia Infantry, C.S.A. Baltimore, Md.: Kelly, Piet & Co., 1870. FHL Fiche 6082856 (4 fiche). Reprint: FHL Book 975.5 M2wg.
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).