William Henry Seward by Thornton Kirkland LothropWilliam Henry Seward by Thornton Kirkland Lothrop

William Henry Seward

byThornton Kirkland Lothrop

Paperback | January 8, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1899. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXI 8ECRETART OF STATE UNDER JOHNSON -- RETIREMENT FROM PUBLIC LIFE The Union troops entered Richmond on the 3d of April, 1865. Two days later Seward was thrown from his carriage; his right shoulder was dislocated, his jaw broken on both sides, and he was otherwise so badly injured that for a time his life was despaired of. Nine days afterwards, late at night, when only his nurse and daughter were with him, an unknown man succeeded in entering the house, burst open the door of his chamber, rushed to his bedside, and with a bowie-knife slashed and stabbed him in the face and throat, till, alarmed by the wakening household, the would-be assassin hastened to escape, fled through the open door, mounted his horse, and rode away. This assault was one act in the conspiracy of which the supreme tragedy was the murder of Lincoln in the theatre. Seward survived; but for more than a year he was compelled to wear mechanical appliances to retain the broken jaw in its place. Before he could leave his bed he insisted on trying to work, and scrawled on scraps of paper directions for his letters; so soon as he could be moved he was carried daily to his chair in the State Department, where he sat, the shrunk, maimed, and disfigured semblance of his former self. The injuries which he survived brought on him the great sorrows of his life. Mrs. Seward, who had been for some time an invalid, hastened from Auburn to Washington on learning of his accident. On the night of the assault she was roused by the screams of her daughter, and rushing from her room found her husband in the state we have described. The shock was too much for her; she survived it only two months, dying on the 21st of June. The tributes of praise to her knew no exception. Seward's friends and foes ...
Title:William Henry SewardFormat:PaperbackDimensions:106 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217149707

ISBN - 13:9780217149709