By Thomas Fleming
During the Civil conflict Abraham Lincoln frequently discovered the implications and tolls of battles from journalists no longer generals newsmen of the time have been brave and committed however the better of them was once Henry Wing - a minimum of that was once Lincolns opinion Wing by no means used his place because the presidents favourite reporter to achieve entry to personal info as an alternative he turned Lincolns junior companion within the fight to win Americas bloodiest struggle right here during this short-form ebook is his remarkable tale
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Grant and Lee were still in the McLean house, discussing the surrender terms, when a Union staff officer came out on the porch, took off his hat, and wiped his forehead with his handkerchief three times. Wing bounded aboard Jess and headed for the telegraph office at a full gallop. The officer’s signal meant Lee had accepted Grant’s surrender terms. The Tribune was the first paper in the country to print the news from Appomattox. A day later, Henry Wing was on his way to Litchfield, Connecticut.
After Cold Harbor, where over 7,000 Union soldiers died in a few hours, Wing decided to resign as a correspondent. He went to the White House to tell Lincoln his decision. He prefaced it with an anguished description of the nightmarish battle. He told how he had wandered through the smoke-filled woods, taking down messages from the dying for their wives and children. Lincoln sighed deeply. “And after that, you go back to the army - are going back again,” he said. “Why, boy, you shame me. You’ve done your part; anybody would say that.
I can’t quit, Henry. I have to stay. ” Wing rose, his face flushed. For the first time, the president sensed what was going on in his mind. He put his hands on Wing’s shoulders, claiming him, in body and spirit, as he had on the night they met. ” he said. Henry Wing went back to the army. He stayed with the men in blue until Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox. With a shrewdness that proved Wing was a born newspaperman, he scooped other reporters on this last and biggest story of the war. Grant and Lee were still in the McLean house, discussing the surrender terms, when a Union staff officer came out on the porch, took off his hat, and wiped his forehead with his handkerchief three times.