Kate Chase, 1860
From photograph by Julius Ulke
Through our knowledge of him, therefore, we may, in a measure, penetrate those mists in which she is enveloped by the divided opinion of a public, some of whom loved and idealized her as a social divinity, while others hated and maligned her as an opposing political force. Thus may we reach some just valuation of a character that with its man's virility and woman's delicacy was in itself singularly enigmatical, of its incentives and ideals, and, indirectly, therefore, of the failure and disappointments which have left their indelible stamp upon the life of Kate Chase.
|Salmon Portland Chase with his
daughters Janet Ralston "Nettie" and
Kate (right). Photograph by
|Kate Chase, before her marriage to U.S. Senator William Sprague, who became a
general in the U.S. Army, often charmed her way to the front. In this case under the
protection of General J.J. Abercrombie (white beard) and his staff.