Fanny Seward


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

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Nellie Grant


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, [Read More ...]

Grace Bedell


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 [Read More ...]

Anna Surratt


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.

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Kate Chase


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 [Read More ...]