Chasing Lincoln’s Killer


James L. Swanson

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Secretary of State William Seward’s daughter and favorite child, Fanny Seward was an intelligent and sensitive young woman of twenty. She kept a detailed diary of all she saw in wartime Washington. On the night her father was attacked, she was sitting in the room with him and inadvertently put him in danger when she revealed to Lewis Powell where he lay. During the attack and afterwards, she screamed murder, scaring David Herold away from where he lurked in the shadows outside the Seward mansion.
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Fanny Seward Character Timeline in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

The timeline below shows where the character Fanny Seward appears in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...his recovery. Now, Seward was lying in bed, while his favorite child, the slender twenty-year-old Fanny sat nearby. For six years, Fanny had kept a detailed diary of all she observed... (full context)
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Fanny Seward then poked her head out into the hall to tell Frederick that their father... (full context)
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Fanny heard the noise in the hallway and opened the door to see Frederick beaten and... (full context)
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Fanny ran to her father’s bedroom. Seward had rolled out of bed to escape Powell, and... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Back in Washington, Fanny Seward and Sergeant Robinson used cloths and water to stop Seward’s bleeding. Doctors soon arrived,... (full context)