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Colonel Savage's studies were pursued at the Ogdensburg Academy and the Academy at Argyle, Washington County, N. Y. (the home of his uncle. Dr. James Savage), and he was prepared to enter the sophomore class in Union College, which was his father's Alma ]Mater, when he moved with his father and family to Waukesha, his father taking the presidencv of Carroll College in 1850.
Colonel Savage began the study of law in the office of R. W. Wright, at Waukesha, but within the year he went to Milwaukee and entered the office of Judge H. N. Wells. Soon after he was
On August 30th, 1802, John A. Savage was commissioned adjutant of the Twenty-eighth Wisconsin Infantry, mustered as such September 5th, 1802. Mr.Edward Savage, a younger brother, now a prominent minister of Windom, Minn., also was a member of the Twenty-eighth Wisconsin, Company B. Adjutant John A. Savage resigned for disability August 5th, 1863. Recovering his health, he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the Thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteers, February 9th, 1864, and mustered as such March 18th, 1864. He went with the regiment to the Army of the Potomac, participating with it in all of its battles - North Anna, Totopotomy, Bethesda Church and Cold Harbor.
When at the latter battle. Colonel Frank A. Haskell was killed, Lieutenant Colonel Savage became the regiment's commander. Was commissioned colonel June 11th, 1864. Seven days later at the charge over the "Melon Patch," while leading the regiment in front of the colors he shouted : '"Three cheers for the honor of Wisconsin ! Forward, my brave men !" Within two minutes he fell mortally
wounded. Was taken to Washington, where he died on July 4th; 1864.
The Bar Association of Milwaukee met and passed resolutions of tribute to Colonel Savage. He too, like Colonel Haskell, was out down in the prime of life when there was such a good future for so bright an intellect.