17th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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17th Regiment New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry
Flag of New York (1778–1901).svg
ActiveOctober 18, 1863, to June 13, 1865
CountryUnited States
EngagementsEngagements around Decatur
Battle of Jonesborough
Battle of Lovejoy's Station
Engagement at Louisville
Siege of Savannah
Battle of Averasborough
Battle of Bentonville

The 17th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment that served in the United States Army during the American Civil War. It was often referred to as the 17th New York Veteran Zouaves and has been erroneously reported as using mules as mounts during Sherman's March to the Sea up until the Grand Review of the Armies. The regiment wore the Hawkins Zouave pattern uniform, which was first used by the 9th New York Volunteer Infantry, Hawkins Zouaves, and later was adopted by several other regiments including the 164th New York, 35th New Jersey and others.

Military service, 1863[edit]

The regiment was organized in New York City, New York, from June to October 1863, with elements of the 9th (Hawkins' Zouaves), 11th (First Fire Zouaves), 17th, & 38th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiments. The Regiment was mustered into United States service on October 18, 1863, in New York City for three years service with 900 officers and men under the command of Colonel William Thomas Campbell Grower, formerly the major of the 17th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Military service, 1865[edit]

The regiment was mustered out of service on June 13, 1865, at Alexandria, Virginia, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel James Lake, with less than 200 officers and men.

This Regiment was composed of Wilson’s old Zouaves and roughs from New York City and they were a rough set . . . but yet there was not a better fighting regiment in the whole division than the 17th New York.

Tn all the essential qualities which distinguish the heroic citizen soldier, the Seventeenth New York has been excelled by none. Representatives as you are of the great city of New York, your association with the men of the northwest, composing the balance of the brigade, has been of the most pleasing and genial kind.


The regiment suffered the following casualties during its service.

  • Killed in action: 1 officer, 38 enlisted
  • Died of wounds: 1 officer, 16 enlisted
  • Died of disease and other causes: 65 enlisted (2 died as POW's)
  • Wounded but recovered: 6 officers, 111 enlisted
  • Captured or missing: 1 officer, 39 enlisted
  • Total: 213 casualties

Commanding officers[edit]

See also[edit]

17th New York veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment. 17th New York is also a reenactment group. How were zouave outfit like the real 17th New York did. The group is made of reenactors in Georgia and South Carolina. How go to reenactment battles the 17th New York veterans fought in.


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  • Pages 388 to 407, Volume VI, “A Record of the Commissioned Officers, Non Commissioned Officers and Privates, of the Regiments which were organized in the State of New York, and called into the service of the United States to Assist in Suppressing the Rebellion caused by the secession of some of the Southern States from the Union, A.D. 1861, as taken from the Muster-In Rolls on File in the Adjutant Generals Office, S.N.Y.” Weed, Parsons, and Company, Printers, Albany, New York, 1866.
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