Wept Because His Major Is Dead
ARMY DISPATCH BEARER WHO SERVED IN CIVIL WAR
UNDER M’KINLEY SOBS BITTERLY.
Leaning against one
of the white monumental columns with its drapery of black on the
Public Square yesterday afternoon, was a veteran of the civil war
wearing the army blue. Upon his faded uniform were fastened two
or three army badges and a bronze medal. His face was covered by
his hands and tears were trickling through his fingers. He was sobbing
“What’s the matter?” asked a bystander.
“I’m crying because my old major is
dead,” replied the veteran with faltering voice.
“Who was your major?” several asked.
Wiping away his tears and squaring
his shoulders, the veteran replied:
“Major McKinley, sir. I followed his
for four years, one month, and seven days. I was the dispatch bearer
of the Twenty-Third Ohio and many are the messages I carried for
Colonel Hayes and Major McKinley. No braver men than these ever
lived. The colonel died some time ago, and now my old major has
With this he burst into tears again.
He gave his name as Thomas Green, of No. 292 St. Clair street. He
was wounded twice at the battle of Antietam. The veteran, after
telling his story, walked away with faltering step.