"At last Fanny Seward, the precocious, perceptive daughter of Secretary of State William Seward, gets her own book, the book she deserves:  warm and literate and engaging."

- Walter Stahr, author of Seward:  Lincoln's Indispensable Man

"William H. Seward's daughter Fanny came of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War.  She knew her father's colleagues in Lincoln's cabinet, including the president, and wrote penetrating comments in her diary about events and persons.  Krisher's gripping narrative of Fanny's experiences builds toward its tragic climax in Lincoln's assassination and the vicious attack on Fanny's father right before her eyes, followed by the poignant anticlimax of Fanny's own death from the nineteenth-century curse of tuberculosis."

- James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom:  The Civil War Era

"Krisher treats us to a rare glimpse into a spirited and articulate single woman's interior world, revealing how she navigated the gendered spheres of family, friendships, politics, community, and civic engagement with grace, poise, and insight."

- Kate Clifford Larson, author, Bound for the Promised Land:  Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero

"This well researched account of young Fanny Seward, resident of upstate New York and daughter of Lincoln's right-hand man in Washington D.C., brings a human perspective to domestic life in the Civil War period."

- Deirdre Stam, Long Island University



Trudy Krisher