A great standing photograph of Solomon P. Becker of the 17th Ohio Light Artillery.† Becker mustered into the 17th Ohio Light Artillery in August 1862 and mustered out in August 1865.† The backmark on the image is "Washburn, Photographer, 113 Canal St., New Orleans.".† The image is pencil signed.
Seventeenth Independent Battery Light Artillery. ó Capts., Ambrose A. Blount, Charles S. Rice ; First Lieuts., George A. Ege, William Hunt, Jr., Absalom H. Mattox; Second Lieuts., Jeremiah Yeazel, William C. Howard, Abner Tuttle, Frank H. Houghton, Saul R. Strayer. This battery was mustered into service on Aug. 21, 1862, at Dayton, to serve for three years. It entered the field in September, taking a position in the rear of Covington, Ky., near Fort Wallace, to assist in repelling an expected attack from the Confederates under Gen. Kirby Smith. It was sent to Memphis in December and along with the forces of Gen. Burbridge aided in the destruction of the O. & S. railroad, and was present at the five days' fight at Chickasaw bayou and bluffs. It marched with Gen. McClernand's forces against Arkansas Post, and after the capture of that place encamped with the troops of the expedition at Young's point. In March the battery went into camp at Milliken's bend ; in April moved with the 13th corps on the campaign against Vicksburg; was engaged in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion's hill, Black river, and was 47 days in the siege of Vicksburg. In the demonstration against Jackson immediately after the fall of Vicksburg the battery was again actively engaged and performed valuable service in the reduction and capture of that place. It followed Gen. Burbridge on the Teche expedition in the fall of 1863, and was hotly engaged in the fight at Grand Coteau, La., in which more than half the brigade was killed, wounded and captured. The battery alone lost 25 men, 21 horses, 1 gun and 1 caisson. It remained at New Orleans until ordered to join the 16th corps in the spring of 1865 in the expedition against the city of Mobile. It was mustered out on Aug. 16, 1865, at Camp Chase, Ohio. The battery entered the service with 156 men, and at its muster-out its rolls showed 158, there having been from time to time 284 names added to its rolls. It lost 40 or more by death.