|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1896|
( also listed as being born in New Castle, Del.)
Capt. Jonas M. C. Savage, a cordwainer from Cochranville, Pa. Mustered as a 1st lieut at age 28 on Aug. 30, 1861, for 3 yrs. In company B, 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to capt. on June 23, 1863 and was wounded in action at Green Plains, Bermuda Hundred, Va. on May 20, 1864. He was discharged on account of his wounds, by order of War Dept., Special 0rders # 300, on Oct. 22, 1864.
The following is an account of the battle in which he was wounded:
Just then three skirmish lines of the 13th Ind. were observed advancing in succession across the
field toward Maj. Price, who immediately joined the advance line and was leading the men to the support of the 97th P. V.; but the fire of the enemy, sweeping every part of the field, soon cut down all before it. Almost every man of the three lines fell, either killed or wounded.
A rebel battery of field pieces had opened from a position on the left with grape and canister immediately after they gained the trenches occupied by the 9th Maine. This terrible hail was also poured upon us. Maj. Price was struck by a spent canister shot in the right thigh, and fell slightly wounded. He was able to crawl forward about twenty yards to a ditch, where a few of the men from the left of the 97th P. V. had already found shelter, having retired when the enemy began to assail their flank and rear. The 97th P.V. was enabled by its continuous fire to hold the advance of the rebels in its immediate front in check for a time, but when the enemy had fully occupied the line held by the 9th Maine, the 97th P. V., being assaulted in the flank and rear, could no longer hold their position the enemy gradually advancing along the entrenched line the men of the 97th P. V. had to choose between capture or running the gauntlet of the open field to the shelter of the ditch a few yards in the rear. A portion of the 4th N. H., occupying the line to the right of the 97th P. V., was also forced to retire The
most escaped in safety, but many were wounded there, and previously, by shot and shell.
Capt. J. M. C. Savage, Company B, on the right, was left in command of the detachment of the 97th P. V. when Maj. Price assumed command of the entire line abandoned by the field officer. Capt. Savage was severely wounded in the left hip and abdomen while bravely holding the ditch. He was carried off the field by some of his men. Over one fourth of the number were killed or wounded ; a few were captured by the enemy.
Captain Savage lived for a number of years in his later life at the Old Soldiers Home in Hampton, Virginia before dying in Philadelphia on August 24, 1896.
From the "History of the Ninety-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania volunteer infantry", By Isaiah Price
And from the "Reunion of the Ninety-seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, October 29th, 1884 ... at Camp Wayne, West Chester, Pa", also by Isaiah Price. Additional Information from the National Archives, Volunteer Soldier's Home, Southern Division page # 3327 and Publication M1749.
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