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.
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, and wrote scathingly of the wasted lives, earning him Custer's hatred.
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. Custer cheered when he received that news.