Swords belonging to Col. John H. Savage returned to Smithville on October 8, 2015. McMinnville attorney and Savage family member, Frank Farrar, displayed and described the relics to the members of the Savage-Goodner Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Col. Savage was the first commanding officer of the 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. He commanded the regiment during battles at Perryville, Kentucky, and Murfreesboro. The men of the regiment came from the Upper Cumberland and many hailed from DeKalb and Warren Counties.
Col. Savage practiced law in DeKalb County prior to the outbreak of the war. He also represented the area in the U.S. Congress.
The relics included swords he carried in both the Mexican War and the War Between the States. Mr. Farrar also displayed a portrait of the Colonel which had not been seen in public in several decades.
The Savage-Goodner Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans meets on the second Thursday of each month at the DeKalb County Complex Motlow Section at 7 p.m. The Camp is comprised of male descendants of Confederate soldiers. A program concerning General Patrick Cleburne will be presented during the November 12, 2015 meeting. The public is welcome to attend.