Source: Cleveland Leader
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Wept Because His Major Is Dead”
City of publication: Cleveland, Ohio
Date of publication: 15 September 1901
Volume number: 54
Issue number: 258
|“Wept Because His Major Is Dead.” Cleveland Leader 15 Sept. 1901 v54n258: p. 7.|
|Thomas Green; William McKinley (death: personal response); Thomas Green (public statements).|
|Thomas Green; Rutherford B. Hayes; William McKinley.|
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
“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 gone.”
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.