During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln often learned the results and tolls of battles from reporters, not generals. The newsmen of the time were courageous and dedicated, but the best of them was Henry Wing - at least that was Lincoln's opinion. Wing never used his position as the president's favorite reporter to gain access to confidential information. Instead, he became Lincoln's junior partner in the struggle to win America's bloodiest war. Here, in this essay by New York Times bestselling historian Thomas Fleming, is his surprising story.