T. W. Savage

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T. W. Savage's signature, 1870

Teackle W. Savage (unknown – March 27, 1876) was soldier, tailor, land speculator, and Charlottesville politician. After the Civil War, he was appointed mayor of the town during the time referred to as the "Radical Reconstruction."[1]

Savage was commissioned as a captain in the Jefferson Guard. He was elected to Charlottesville's Board of Alderman (precursor to today's city council) in 1857.

Savage and his wife, Louisa B., owned a house and a lot adjoining the Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville. Between 1856 and 1897, the Charlottesville Presbyterian Church was located at the southeast corner of Second and Market Streets. The church building was demolished in 1897.

On March 27, 1867, Capt. T. W. Savaged died in Charlottesville and was probably buried in Maplewood Cemetery.[2]

Historical context

The Virginia militia was organized by county during the War of 1812, with each county producing one or more regiments. These regiments were in turn organized into twenty-one brigades, and the brigades were organized into four divisions.

Radical Reconstruction, also called Congressional Reconstruction, process and period of Reconstruction during which the Radical Republicans in the U.S. Congress seized control of Reconstruction from Pres. Andrew Johnson and passed the Reconstruction Acts of 1867–68, which sent federal troops to the South to oversee the establishment of state governments that were more democratic. Congress also enacted legislation and amended the Constitution to guarantee the civil rights of freedmen and African Americans in general.


Western Sun newspaper, 26 April 1817

Service during the War of 1812 (18 June 1812 – 17 February 1815)


  • February - Receiving 22 votes and placing fourth in a field of thirteen candidates, T. W. Savage (identified as a “Negro tailor” by the newspapers of the day) was elected to Charlottesville's Board of Alderman.


  • February: Savage was elected to the Board of Aldermen.
  • October: Savage became acting mayor when William T. Early resigned and V. W. Southall was offered the position but turned it down. Savage held the title of mayor until the next election in February 1859.


While his name was not listed in the result of the election, T. W. Savage was named as overseer of poor.


  • April 4: Francis H. Pierpont was removed from office as governor of Virginia and replaced by Henry H. Wells, an ex-soldier for Michigan who took the title of provisional governor of Virginia from 1868 to 1869 during Reconstruction. Wells began his administration on a bold note by sweeping all state, county and municipal officials out of office.
  • April: Mayor C. L. Fowler, aldermen A. P. Abell, E. S. H. Wise, W. A. Watson, R. F. Harris and J. W. Lipops were removed from office by General J. M. Schofield, the military commander of the district of which Charlottesville was a part.
  • April 20: Gen. J. M. Schofield appointed Savage mayor of the town.
  • September: Mayor Savage was arraigned before a Union lieutenant on charges of having declared himself to be a military dictator of the town. 'Savage was acquitted.
  • September 1868: According to the Valley Virginian, The carpet-bag Mayor of Charlottesville had a white man arrested the other day, by two negroes. This man was intoxicated and noisy.[3]

Personal life

Maplewood Cemetery map (ca. 1938)

According to The Valley Virginian (Staunton, VA, February 10, 1876): "Capt. T. W. Savage, in the 73d year of his age, died in Charlottesville on March 27, 1876." "On February 1, 1876, Mrs. Louisa Savage, relict of Capt. T. W. Savage, died in the 77th year of her age."[4] (Note: their listed ages are most likely transposed.)

T. W. Savage is listed in City's Maplewood Cemetery records, stone not found. Mrs. T. W. Savage also listed in City's Maplewood Cemetery records as located in Div D Blk 15 Sec 4, stone also not found. Teakle W. Savage's Last Will and Testament, dated 22nd day of April 1867, granted his estate to his nephew, William C. Hicks and his children.

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  1. Web. [1], The daily dispatch. (Richmond Va.), Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress., 26 Jan. 1876, retrieved November 13, 2022.
  2. Web. [2], Staunton Vindicator. (Staunton, Va.) 1860-1896, February 04, 1876, retrieved October 20, 2022.
  3. Web. [3], Valley Virginian, Volume 3, Number 44, 30 September 1868, retrieved Feb. 6, 2023.
  4. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84024707/1876-02-10/ed-1/seq-3/

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