Savage was a war department clerk. He was a store clerk in Richmond before the war. While Union and Confederate armies fought at Spotsylvania Courthouse on May 10, 1864, this pass was signed by Lieutenant Colonel John W.Riely of the Confederate War Department in Richmond. It was issued to Private N. Savage of the 3rd Battalion Virginia Local Defense Infantry, who was also a War Department clerk.
The pass indicates that Savage was hereby detailed on Special duty. Signed by Riely at bottom right.
The 3rd Local Defense was organized in September 1864, mostly from young men serving in Confederate departments such as Post Office, War, Treasury, Quartermaster, and Medical Purveyors. Local Defense units also often included men under the age of 18 and some older men who had served their time or were wounded and could not withstand the rigors of field service or were even too old to enlist.The 3rd Local Defense regiment was called out to fight at Saylor's (Sailor's) Creek Apr. 6, 1865, part of the Appomattox Campaign, as Federal troops closed in on the Army of Northern Virginia. Many were captured, but Lee surrendered just three days later. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Documents". The seller is "mluther4" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.