Realizing he needed to act quickly, Powell began beating Frederick over the head with the barrel of his gun. Powell's gun was also rendered useless during the melee, as it had become jammed.
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Fanny was in Seward's bedroom with him. Powell also attacked and injured another son Augustus Seward , and a soldier and nurse Sergeant George Robinson who had been assigned to stay with Seward. Outside the home, David Herold , who could hear the screams coming from the house, fled with both horses, leaving Powell to fend for himself. Powell, convinced that he had mortally wounded the Secretary, fled down the stairs, and stabbed a messenger, Emerick Hansell, who had arrived just as Powell was escaping; Hansell never fully recovered from the stabbing.
Fanny Seward and George Robinson worked to save Secretary Seward's life and tend to the others who were injured, attempting to stanch their bleeding and tending to their wounds until doctors could arrive. All five men that were injured that night survived, although Secretary Seward would carry facial scars from the attack for the rest of his life. Powell was captured several days later at the boarding house of Mary Surratt.
Surratt, three of the seven convicted as conspirators in the Lincoln assassination.
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The events of that night took their toll on Mrs. Seward,   whose health rapidly declined after the attack. Fanny Seward succumbed to tuberculosis in Washington on October 29, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fanny Seward. Auburn , New York.
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