Daughter of Confederate General Robert E. Lee

The Lee daughters had impressive pedigrees. They were direct descendants of the aristocratic Lees of Virginia and England, as well as George and Martha Washington. Mrs. Robert E. Lee's father, George Washington Parke Custis, was the first president's adopted son and the man who established the 1,100-acre plantation called Arlington. Several years later, Custis built Arlington House (1817), the ancestral home of the Custises and Lees on the Potomac River overlooking Washington DC.

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Daughter of Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State

The only daughter of Frances and William Henry Seward - Secretary of State under President Abraham Lincoln - Fanny Seward was a delicate young woman who dreamed of becoming a writer. She kept detailed journals of her life in Washington, DC during the Civil War.

Image: Fanny Seward with her father, circa 1861

Early Years
Frances Adeline Seward was born December 9, 1844 into privilege in Auburn, New York, the only surviving …Read More...

Daughter of Union General Ulysses S. Grant

Nellie Grant was the third child and only daughter of Union general and later president and first lady, Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Dent Grant. Grant was an affectionate father and his devotion to Nellie was touching to all who observed it. Nellie was only thirteen when she moved into the White House, and the press adored her.

Image: Nellie at age 15

Early Years
Nellie Grant was born on the Fourth …Read More...

A Child's Letter to One of Our Greatest Leaders

Image: In 1999 the village of Westfield, New York erected these statues commemorating the meeting between Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell on February 16, 1861.

Grace was eleven years old in 1860, when she wrote a letter to the presidential candidate from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln. Grace's father was a staunch Republican and active Lincoln supporter, and one day in October 1860 he brought home a picture of Lincoln and his running …Read More...

Daughter of Accused Lincoln Assassination Conspirator

Anna was only 22 years old when her mother Mary Surratt was sentenced to death as a conspirator in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. Despite Anna's heartbreaking efforts to save her mother, Mary Surratt was hanged not quite three months after the assassination.

Anna's parents, Mary and John Surratt, were married in 1840, and lived on land John had inherited from his foster parents in what is now a …Read More...

Washington Hostess During the Civil War

Kate Chase was the daughter of Salmon P. Chase, Treasury Secretary under President Abraham Lincoln and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Despite her youth, Kate was the reigning social queen of Washington, DC during the Civil War and a strong supporter of her widowed father's presidential ambitions that would have made her First Lady.

Katherine Jane Chase was born August 13, 1840, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of famous Ohio politician Salmon …Read More...