17th Ohio Independent Battery

compiled by Larry Stevens

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Organized August 21, 1862, under Captain A.A. Blount, it entered the field in September, serving in Kentucky until December, when it joined General Sherman's expedition against Vicksburg. It participated in the fight at Chickasaw Bayou, and in January, 1863, helped capture Arkansas Post. In April it joined in the grand move around Vicksburg, fighting at Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Black River Bridge and during the siege. It followed the Rebels to Jackson, and in August moved to New Orleans, where it joined General Burbridge's expedition on the Teche. At the battle of Grand Coteau it lost 25 men, 21 horses and one gun. In August, 1864, the Battery went to Mobile and took part in the capture of Fort Morgan. It was finally mustered out August 16, 1865.

From Dyer's Compendium

17th Independent Battery Light Artillery. Organized at Dayton, Ohio, and mustered in August 21, 1862. Ordered to Covington, Ky., September 3. Attached to Artillery, 1st Division, Army of Kentucky, Dept. of Ohio, to October, 1862. Unattached, Army of Kentucky, Dept. of Ohio, Lexington, Ky., to November, 1862. Artillery, 10th Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. Artillery, 1st Division, Sherman's Yazoo Expedition, to January, 1863. Artillery, 10th Division, 13th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to August, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to June, 1864. Defences of New Orleans, La., to August, 1864. United States Forces, Mobile Bay, Dept. of the Gulf, to September, 1864. Unattached Artillery, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to December, 1864. Unattached, Artillery Reserve Corps, Military Division West Mississippi, to February, 1865. Artillery Brigade, 16th Army Corps (New), Military Division West Mississippi, to July, 1865.
SERVICE.--Duty at Covington, Ky., during threatened attack on Cincinnati by Kirby Smith. March to Lexington, Ky., thence to Louisville, Ky., and duty there till December 1. Ordered to Memphis, Tenn., December 1. Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862, to January 3, 1863. Expedition from Milliken's Bend to Dallas Station and Delhi December 25-26. Chickasaw Bayou December 26-28. Chickasaw Bluff December 29. Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3-10, 1863. Assault on and capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10-11. Moved to Young's Point, La., January 15. Expedition to Greenville, Miss., and Cypress Bend, Ark., February 14-26. Action at Cypress Bend February 19. Moved to Milliken's Bend March 8. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battle of Port Gibson May 1. Battle of Champion's Hill May 16. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Advance on Jackson July 5-10. Siege of Jackson, Miss., July 10-17. Assault on Jackson July 12. Duty at Vicksburg till August 20. Ordered to New Orleans, La., and duty there till September 5. At Brashear City till October 3. Expedition to New and Amite Rivers September 24-29. Western Louisiana ("Teche") Campaign October 3-November 30. Grand Coteau November 3. Moved to New Orleans, La., and duty there till August, 1864. Operations in Mobile Bay against Forts Gaines and Morgan August 2-23. Siege and capture of Fort Gaines August 3-8. Siege and capture of Fort Morgan August 10-23. Duty at New Orleans till March, 1865. Campaign against Mobile, Ala., and its defences March 17-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8. Assault and capture of Fort Blakely April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery April 13-25. Duty at Montgomery and Selma, Ala., till July. Ordered home for muster out. Mustered out August 16, 1865. Battery lost during service 1 Enlisted man killed and 1 Officer and 42 Enlisted men by disease. Total 44.

Thanks to Dr. Richard A. Sauers for the initial research and indexing of the National Tribune articles.

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