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John H. Savery, A Civil War Soldier Comes Home

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Title
John H. Savery, A Civil War Soldier Comes Home
Accession Number
2017.024.0026
Date Added
11/17/2018 11:05:00 AM
Type
Historical People
Gift of
Robert Underhill
Collection Title
Misc
Collection Description
Misc
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Person

John H. Savery was born in Clarendon April 5, 1837, the 9th of 10 children born to Ephraim Savery (1795-1874) and Mary Ellis (1797-1872).  He enlisted in Company B of the 2nd Vermont Volunteers May 8, 1861 and was died April 18, 1862, two days after being wounded at the Siege of Yorktown, VA.  As was typical of the times John was buried near where he died, at what became the Yorktown National Cemetery.   What was not the norm for the times was that his remains were subsequently brought back to Clarendon for re-interment in the Chippenhook Cemetery. 

John was recorded as Savory in his military records. His brother Aaron (1828 - 1892) also served in the Civil War (with the correct Savery spelling), his father Ephraim (1795 - 1874) served in the War of 1812, and his grandfather Jonathan Savery (1753-1810) served in the Revolutionary War. 

From the book Vermont in the Civil War by George Greenville Benedict published in 1888:

When the spring campaign of 1862 opened, the regiment broke camp, March 10th, and marched with the brigade and with McClellan's army to Alexandria, went thence by transports to Fortress Monroe, and took its part in the first Peninsula campaign of the Army of the Potomac.  At Lee's Mill, April 16th, where the other regiments of the brigade received their first baptism of blood, the Second was held back as a support, and lost but two men. William Fuller of Co. F., killed outright by a piece of shell, and John H. Savory, Co. B., mortally wounded. He died of his wound two days after.

Here is a link to a narrative about the Seige of Yorktown and here is a link to a narrative about the Yorktown National Cemetery.

See the War of 1812 Prisoner entry in this collection to learn about John's father Ephraim Savery was taken prisoner during the War of 1812.