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17th Illinois Infantry, K Company Records

Identifier: BC327


Civil War regiment organized at Peoria, Illinois May 10, 1861 and made up of 10 companies with Captain James P. Walker commanding Co. K and Captain Ross of H Company elected as Colonel of the regiment. Walker was a physician from Mason City, Illinois and resigned from the Army in April 1862 due to illness. Jacob Wheeler, who had been severely wounded in the face at the battle of Frederickstown, was appointed Captain and took over command of Company K. They were present at the battle for Fort Donelson, Shiloh and the Battle of Vicksburg. On May 20, 1864 the regiment was ordered to return to Springfield, Illinois to be mustered out. Those who had enlisted as veterans stayed at Vicksburg and were taken into the 8th Illinois Infantry.

7 volumes. Descriptive books, clothing book, company order books, morning report and quartermaster book. The descriptive book lists the soldiers of Company K, their description, place of birth, age, occupation, and city of residence and enlistment and remarks about what happened to them during service. The clothing book lists the specific soldier and the monetary worth of clothing given them. The morning book is a monthly report on the number of soldiers and rank and the duty of each and remarks about changes to the company. The quartermaster’s book lists soldiers and whatever clothing or goods are supplied to them. The company order book has recopied orders and includes, among many of other issues, what to do with slaves taken at Fort Donelson, the disposal of goods taken from the confederacy, court martial orders, troop marching orders and movement orders.


  • 1861 - 1864


.42 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

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