CDV Colonel John M. Connell of the 17th Ohio Infantry. The 17th Ohio Infantry organized at Lancaster, Ohio and mustered in August 30, 1861 under Colonel John M. Connell in response to President Lincoln's call for 75,000 volunteers. The regiment moved to Benwood, Virginia, then to Parkersburg, Virginia, April 20–23. The regiment was attached to Rosecrans' Brigade, Western Virginia, to July 1861. 2nd Brigade, Army of Occupation, Western Virginia, to August 1861.
The regiment performed railroad guard duty and operated against guerrillas in Jackson County, Virginia until July. (2 companies were assigned garrison duty in Ravenswood, Virginia until July 10.) The 17th Ohio Infantry skirmished with rebels at Glenville July 7 and participated in the Western Virginia Campaign July 7–17. The regiment subsequently concentrated at Buckhannon and then participated in the expedition to Button July 15–20. The remainder of its duty was at Button until August 3, then left Virginia for Zanesville, Ohio, August 3.
A very fine CDV of Colonel John M. Connell would make a nice addition to any 17th Ohio Volunteer or CDV collection.
Inventory Number: CDV 207