On the night of April 14, 1865, around the time President Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater, Lewis Powell, also known as Lewis Payne, entered the Seward home and attacked Secretary of State William H. Seward. Seward was recovering from a carriage accident when Lewis Powell came into his bedroom and stabbed Seward with a bowie knife several times in the face and neck. Powell also attacked and injured Frederick and Augustus Seward, William’s sons, Private George Robinson, and a messenger Emerick Hansell. All five men survived the attack, but this night took a great toll on the Seward family. William’s wife Frances died in June 1865 partially from the stress of her family’s injuries, and Seward’s face was scarred for the remainder of his life. The incident was part of the larger plot created by John Wilkes Booth to kill President Lincoln and his supporters. The attacker, Lewis Powell, was executed with the other conspirators on July 7, 1865. William Seward, after his recovery, continued to serve as Secretary of State under President Johnson for the remainder of his term. His wounds from April 14, 1865, left scars but did not permanently damage his body or his spirit.