During Women's History Month I have been setting aside time to read about the women who impacted our history. My main focus has been women of Maryland, as that is where I was born and raised.
One such woman is Anna Ella Carroll who was born in 1815 on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Her father was a farmer and eventual governor of Maryland in 1830 and 1831. At an early age he involved Anna in not only the workings of their farm, but political and legal issues of the state.
Anna eventually became very active in the political scene, at one point writing articles about the candidates under an assumed name.
Her most interesting accomplishment came during the Civil War when she was an "unofficial" member of Lincoln's Cabinet. Some of her contemporaries even labeled her a military strategist.
During the Civil War President Lincoln asked Anna to accompany an army officer to observe and report back on the War. Thus showing his confidence in her abilities at a tactician. After the war Anna worked alongside her male counterparts during Reconstruction.
To read the full story of Anna Ella Carroll:
Happy Women's History Month!