The “Sergeant Weatherby” crack references a time in Abigail’s life where she posed as a man to serve in the military (an unfortunately necessary tactic for the period). While doing research for the period and these characters, I found a lot of articles on the subject and the topic of the first ladies to earn medical degrees. It is fascinating reading.

I am pretty excited about Mel’s new character “Dr. Katherine Ann Stevens” for reasons you’ll learn as the story progresses and yes, you are seeing that correctly, she only has one arm. As for Sam’s character? He’ll appear soon.