Thank you Mr. Hurd for this information.
I had read about the war being unpopular in Floyd County, Va.
So was the 17th a part of the 30th Battalion Sharpshooters? On Ancestry, I found a J Bishop listed with the 30th, but no further information. Or, where there other Major Otey's in the Civil War beside Peter Otey?
I hope that I don't bother you too much with all my questions, but how are you going to learn, if you don't ask?
The Virginia Regimental Histories Series you refer to, is that something easily obtained?
Thank you again.