Richard Harding Davis
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1864
Date of Death: 1916
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Occupation: Journalist, Correspondent, Author of Fiction, Author of Non-Fiction, Playwright
Spouse: Cecil Clark Lewis (divorced 1912),
Bessie McCoy
Children: Hope Davis
Fictional Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front;
Walk in Hell
Type of Appearance: Direct
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Richard Harding Davis (April 18, 1864 — April 11, 1916) was a popular writer of fiction and drama, and a journalist famous for his coverage of the Spanish-American War (1898), the Second Boer War (1899-1902), and the First World War.

Richard Harding Davis in Southern Victory[]

Richard Harding Davis was an American journalist who specialized in reporting on the battlefield. He reported on the Japanese conquest of Manila at the climax of the Hispano-Japanese War. He also reported on the atrocities the Japanese soldiers inflicted on Spanish POWs.[1]

Davis was a friend of President Theodore Roosevelt, which allowed him access the frontlines of combat during the Great War. Davis bore witness to an attack planned by General George Armstrong Custer,[2] and wrote scathingly of the wasted lives, earning him Custer's hatred.[3]

David died suddenly of a heart attack in a trench on the Roanoke Front, where he was researching a story and speaking with Chester Martin and other soldiers.[4] Custer cheered when he received that news.[5]


  1. American Front, pg. 375, PB.
  2. Ibid. pgs. 376-380.
  3. Ibid., pg. 469-71.
  4. Walk in Hell, pgs. 144-147, PB.
  5. Ibid., pg. 149.