17th Kentucky Infantry was organized in December, 1861, at Calhoon
Kentucky, under Colonel Jno. H. McHenry, jr., and was mustered into
the United States service on the 4th day of January, 1862, at
Calhoon, Kentucky, by Captain Jno. E. Edwards, 3d United States
Artillery, Mustering Officer.
Immediately after organization it was
placed upon active duty, and proceeded to the front. In April,
1862, this regiment and the 25th Kentucky, having been so much
reduced by disease and the ordinary exigencies of the service, an
order was issued for their consolidation, the regiment to retain
the name of the 17th. The 25th Kentucky, under Colonel J. M.
Shakleford, was thus consolidated and lost its designation, but
during its existence won great distinction for the unflinching
valor displayed by both officers and men in the battles of Fort
Donelson and Shiloh, Tennessee.
The new organization, under command of
Colonel McHenry, numbering over a thousand men, was one of the most
gallant regiments from Kentucky, and won the admiration of all for
the prompt and efficient manner in which it performed the duties
assigned it. In December, 1862, Lieutenant Colonel A. M. Stout was
commissioned Colonel, and commanded the regiment until its final
It has participated in the following named
engagements in which loss was sustained, viz: Fort Donelson,
Shiloh, Chickamauga, Kenesaw Mountain, Corinth, Atlanta, Marietta,
Kingston, Georgia; Dallas, Georgia; Cassville, Georgia; New Hope
Church, Georgia, and Altoona Mountain, Georgia.
It was mustered out at Louisville,
Kentucky, on the 23d January, 1865, the recruits and veterans being
transferred to the 21st Kentucky Veteran Infantry.
Source: Kentucky Adjutant
General's Report, pg. 985
I have a big contract on hand, and will
have some work for you and your regiment today or tomorrow, and I
expect to hear a good report from the Kentuckians.
[General Grant to
Colonel McHenry at Fort Donelson]