Author: Henry Holcomb Bennett

Flags on the Waldorf by Childe Hassam, 1916

Henry Holcomb Bennett (1863–1924), an Ohio-born author and poet, moved west after graduating from Kenyon College to work in the railroad business before returning to his home town of Chillicothe as a journalist. By 1897, he left journalism to focus on more creative writing, including short stories and poems, often illustrating his works (he was a landscape painter as well). His nonfiction work included essays about military life, Ohio history, and ornithology. Bennett’s most famous work remains his patriotic poem, “The Flag Goes By,” first published in The Youth’s Companion on January 13, 1898. It was immediately included in several students’ readers around the turn of the century.

The Flag Goes By

Henry Holcomb Bennett

Bennett’s most famous work remains this patriotic poem, first published in The Youth’s Companion on January 13, 1898. It was immediately included in several students’ readers around the turn of the century.