Perrysburg in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
17th Infantry Regiment
The 17th Infantry, created by Congress in 1812 and formed with personnel from western states, was the only Regular Army regiment in General James Winchester's column of the Army of the Northwest's campaign to regain Detroit. During the War of 1812, the 17th fought at Frenchtown, Fort Meigs, Fort Stephenson, and Thames River. In 1815, the 17th was consolidated with the 5th, 19th, and 28th Infantry to form the 3rd Infantry. In May 1861, the 17th Infantry was again organized as a Regular Army regiment and has since served continuously with distinction.
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The regiment served in Ohio at Columbus Barracks from 1894 until 1899, where, after the Spanish-American War, the American Veterans of Foreign Service, the predecessor of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was founded. The 17th participated in the Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection, Mexican Border Campaign, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and expeditions in Panama (1989-1990). The regiment was decorated with the Presidential Unit Citation for the Leyte Operation, the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, and four Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citations. Seventeen members of the 17th Infantry have been awarded the Medal of Honor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 33.027′ N, 83° 39.163′ W. Marker is in Perrysburg, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker is on West Indiana Avenue (Ohio Route 65) north of Fort Meigs Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in front of the museum / visitor center that is part of the Fort Meigs state park facility. Marker is in this post office area: Perrysburg OH 43551, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Amos Spafford / Perrysburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Meigs / Introduction 1 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Meigs / Introduction 2 (about 300 feet away); Fort Meigs / Introduction 3 (about 300 feet away); Army Lodge No. 24 Free and Accepted Masons (about 400 feet away); Fort Meigs / Introduction 4 (about 400 feet away); Fort Meigs / Construction (about 500 feet away); Major Amos Stoddard (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perrysburg.
Categories. • Military • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,703 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 5, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 5. submitted on March 6, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.