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Confederate (CSV)


Richard S. Savage

(1839 - 1884)

Home State: Alabama

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 21 year old worker in William M Jones' livery stable in Haynesville, Lowndes County, AL. He enlisted as a Private in Company E (later M), 6th Alabama Infantry on 16 May 1861 in Montgomery, and transferred to Company K of the 5th Alabama Infantry after August 1861.

On the Campaign

He was probably wounded in action in Maryland in September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was in Richmond, VA by 23 September, and home on a wounded furlough for 60 days to about the end of 1862. He was wounded by a gunshot to his testicles at Gettysburg, PA and captured there on 5 July 1863. He was sent to the DeCamp General Hospital on David's Island, New York and paroled there on 24 August. He was captured again, near Winchester, VA on 12 August 1864, and held at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC to 28 August, then sent on to the Federal prison in Elmira, NY. He was transferred to James River, VA for exchange on 20 February 1865 and released about June 1865.

After the War

In 1870 he was a store clerk in Montgomery, AL but by 1880 was a farmer there.

References & notes

His service from his Compiled Service Records,1 online from fold3; thanks to Miles Krisman for the pointer to him. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860-1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Mary Augusta Matthews (1845-1884) in November 1869 and they had 5 children.


12/25/1839 in IRELAND


05/18/1884; Montgomery County, AL; burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, AL


1   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 28003]