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17th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Illinois state flag
Active May 24, 1861 to June 4, 1864
Country United States
Allegiance Union
Branch Infantry
Engagements Battle of Fredericktown
Fort Donelson
Battle of Shiloh
Battle of Thompson's Station
Battle of Port Gibson
Battle of Raymond
Battle of Champion's Hill
Battle of Big Black River
Siege of Vicksburg

The 17th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


The 17th Illinois Infantry was organized at Peoria, Illinois and mustered into Federal service on May 24, 1861 for three years service.

The regiment was mustered out of service on June 4, 1864 upon expiration of its term of enlistment and its recruits and veterans were transferred to the 8th Illinois.

Total strength and casualties[]

The regiment suffered 3 officers and 71 enlisted men who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 1 officer and 71 enlisted men who died of disease, for a total of 146 fatalities.[1]


  • Colonel Leonard Fulton Ross - promoted to brigadier general on April 25, 1862.
  • Colonel Addison S. Norton - resigned July 9, 1863.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith - [2]

See also[]

  • List of Illinois Civil War Units
  • Illinois in the American Civil War


  1. The Civil War Archive website after Dyer, Frederick Henry. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. 3 vols. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.
  2. Illinois in the Civil War website after Illinois Adjutant General's muster rolls