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John Oliver, Civil War 17 U.S. Col'd. Infantry

Thanks to Afrigeneas researcher S R Gaines I think I now have found my grandfather's father:

Info from Soldiers and Sailors site:

John Oliver
Regiment Name: 17 U.S. Col'd. Infantry
Side: Union
Company: F
Soldier's Rank_In: Pvt.
Soldier's Rank_Out: Pvt.
Alternate Name
Film Number M589 roll 65

He is also listed in the pension index at

Pension index:

John Oliver, Hannah Oliver Tennessee, Contest Widow “Iowa” Oliver 2547

What is indexed as "Iowa Oliver", contesting widow is more than likely my gr grandmother Lou Ella Oliver.

Info on 17 Regiment from Parks Service website:


17th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Organized at Nashville, Tenn., December 12 to 21, 1863. Attached to Post of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. Post and District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to December, 1864. 1st Colored Brigade, District of the Etowah, Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1865. Post and District of Nashville, Tenn., Dept. of the Cumberland, to April, 1866.

SERVICE.-Duty at McMinnville and Murfreesboro, Tenn., till November, 1864. Battle of Nashville, Tenn., December 15-16. Overton Hill December 16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-27. Decatur December 28-30. Duty at Post of Nashville, Tenn., and in the Dept. of Tennessee till April, 1866. Mustered out April 25, 1866.

I have sent for the forms from NARA and hopefully will have news in about 16 weeks.

I am very excited about this - my search for my great grandfather was going nowhere fast. Hopefully the pension files since tey were contested will provide some interesting details.


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