CDV OF CAPTAIN GEORGE SAVAGE & 2ND LIEUTENANT JAMES ASHBY, 39TH VIRGINIA INFANTRY & 19TH VIRGINIA ARTILLERYCOLONEL KILLED AT 1ST BULL RUN

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This CDV photo is a fine image featuring two Confederate officers. The men are seen in full standing format in this studio image. Contrast and clarity are good. Both men are dressed in gray trousers, vests, and short jackets. George Golden Savage stands on the left wearing an officer's braided kepi. Rank insignia is also visible on his collar. Standing on the right is 2nd Lieutenant James F. Ashby with a single hash-mark visible on his collar. Ashby is posed with his hand on his friend's shoulder. What may be Ashby's slouch hat appears on the floor behind Captain Savage's feet. The plain mount is clean and untrimmed. A period pencil identification is on the bottom edge of the mount. Photographer's backmark, E.J. Rees & Co., Richmond, VA.

These men each enlisted in the 39th Virginia Infantry early in the war. The 39th Virginia was organized during the summer of 1861. The unit was attached to the Department of Norfolk and served on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. In November it was ordered to evacuate the peninsula but was unable to cross the Chesapeake Bay. Efforts failed to reorganize the regiment, and it disbanded on February 3, 1862. Savage and Ashby like many of the members were reformed into the 19th Virginia Heavy Artillery (Atkinson's). They served in the batteries north and east of Richmond. In April, 1865, the unit was part of Lee's retreat to Appomattox. One of their final engagements was at Saylor's Creek where many members were captured, including Captain Savage.

Captain George G. Savage was born in 1832. He enlisted in Company K, of the 39th VA Infantry in September 1861. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. Re-enlisted on February 21, 1862 in the 19th VA Heavy Artillery. Promoted to Captain on October 10, 1863. He was captured at Saylor's Creek and sent to Old Capitol Prison and then to Johnson's Island. Released on June 20, 1865. Died in August of 1897 and is buried Northampton County, VA.

2nd Lieutenant James F. Ashby was born in 1840. He enlisted in Company C, of the 39th VA Infantry in June 1862. He was a Corporal. Re-enlisted on February 21, 1862 in the 19th VA Heavy Artillery as a Sergeant. Elected 2nd Lieutenant on October 16, 1863. He was paroled on April 17, 1865. Died in April of 1872 and is buried Northampton County, VA.

These men served together in Company B and Company E while in the 19th Virginia Artillery.

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