Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1846, Maine.
Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
board the U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January
1865. When the landing party to which he was attached charged on the fort
with a cheer, and the determination to plant the colors on the ramparts,
Savage remained steadfast when more than two_thirds of the marines and
sailors fell back in panic during the fight. When enemy fire shot away
the flagstaff above his hand, he bravely seized the remainder of the staff
and brought his colors safely off.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)