Edward Payson Roe (March 7, 1838 – July 19, 1888) is an American writer, priest and pastor. Edward Payson Roe was born in Moodna, Orange County, New York. He studied at Williams College and at Auburn Theological Seminary. During the American Civil War, he wrote articles for newspapers and then lectured about the war and wrote for periodicals. At the time, he was a very popular novelist, especially among middle-class people. His novels have been translated into several European languages.
Almost all the scenes of the book are historical, and are employed to give their terrible emphasis to that which is equally true in the serenest. There was a catastrophe in Chicago. The thread of this story is carried rapidly through that period of unparalleled excitement and disaster. Read the story to know the rude conditions of that time!