“Crashing into a wall, Powell sought to disengage [Frederick’s] iron hold. Together they maneuvered toward the secretary’s room, and Powell crashed against the heavy door with his shoulder. His own weight, combined with that of his clinging adversary, burst the door wide open, and together they stumbled across the threshold…The enraged intruder now drew his knife, and, stumbling into Robinson, sent the man reeling across the floor with a quick slash on his forehead…Powell frantically thrust Fanny Seward aside and bounded upon the old gentleman’s bed. Placing his left hand on Seward’s chest, he struck repeatedly with the knife. As the secretary was supported by a framework backrest, the weapon glanced off the metal in a shower of sparks…” -Betty Ownsbey in “Alias Paine”
The newest Picture Gallery here on BoothieBarn highlights illustrations and images relating to the other attack on an elected offical that occurred on April 14th, 1865: the attempted assassination of Secretary of State William Henry Seward by Lewis Thornton Powell. Click here to see the new Seward Assassination Attempt Picture Gallery!