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 VictoryEdit

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.
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