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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1868

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

Richard H. Savage

(Ap'd Cal.)


Born June 12, 1846, Utica, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1864, to June 15, 1868, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 15, 1868.

Served: at the Engineer Depot, Yerba Buena Island, Cal., Nov. 1, 1868, to Nov. 25, 1869; as Engineer on the Staff of the Commanding General of the Division of the Pacific, making Survey of Round Valley Indian Reservation, Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., and Pima and Maricopa Reservation, Ara., to Jan., 1870; and at the Engineer Depot, Yerba Buena Island, Cal., to Dec. 31, 1870.

Honorably Discharged, at his own Request, Dec. 31, 1870.

Civil History. — Consular Clerk of the United States at Rome, Italy, and Marseilles, France, 1871. Major, Staff (Military Secretary) in the Egyptian Army, 1872. U. S. Commissioner to investigate outrages on the Texan Frontier, 1872‑73.​b Chief Engineer of Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Railroad, Tex., 1873‑74. Iron Founder, San Francisco, Cal., 1874‑84; and Counselor at Law, San Francisco, Cal., since 1884.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

(Richard Henry Savage)

Civil History. — Lawyer, 1884 to 1890. — Author, essayist, and lecturer, 1890 to 1898. — Member of Bar, Supreme Court of the United States, October 10, 1890. — Member of Authors' Guild of America, 1894‑99. — Member of Technical Society of the Pacific Coast, 1884‑99. — Author of twenty-nine volumes of novels, poems, stories, etc. Novels: My Official Wife, The Little Lady of Lagunitas, In the Old Chateau, etc. Poem: After Many Years. Stories: The Passing Show, etc. — Residence, New York, N. Y.

Military History. — Tendered his services to the War Department at the outbreak of war with Spain, Feb. 16, 1898. — Selected for Lieut.‑Colonel, 1st Tammany Regiment, N. Y. Regiment declined by Governor Black.

(Major (Senior), 2d U. S. Volunteer Engineers, May 31, 1898)

Served: At Fort Sheridan, Ill., organizing 1st and 2d Battalions, July 6 to Aug. 12, 1898; Montauk Point, Aug. 12 to Nov. 30, with 2d Engineers (attached to 5th Corps), constructing entire camp. — In command 2d U. S. Volunteer Engineers and 1st Maine Heavy Artillery, New York to Savannah, Nov. 5, by sea; at Savannah (attached to 7th Corps) to Nov. 22, 1898. — Conducted 1st Battalion by sea, via Tampa, to Havana, Cuba, Nov. 25, 1898; first troops in Havana Province. — Served at Marianao, Cuba, 1898 and 1899; building Camp Columbia for the Army of Occupation. — Hoisted first American flag in Havana Province, Dec. 10, 1898, at the surrender of Marianao. — Present, in command of battalion at the surrender of Havana, Jan. 1, 1899.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Mustered out of the Volunteer Service, in April, 1899. — Captain 27th Volunteer Infantry, 1899. — Illness prevented his going with the regiment to the Philippines and he was honorably discharged.

Died Oct. 11, 1903, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 57.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1904, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

a Capt. Savage's birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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b He returned to the United States via Siberia and the Pacific, as he writes in the obituary of his classmate Orsemus Boyd, having been absent from the United States not quite two years, if Cullum is to be trusted. This is just one of many indications that the career biographical sketches in the Register are very summarized.

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