Great Necessities of Life: The Life, Times, and Writings of Anna Ella Carroll (1815-1894)
"...Miss Anna Ella Carroll is the head of the Carroll race, and when the history of this war is written, she will stand a good bit taller than ever old Charles did."
-- Pres. Abraham Lincoln, as quoted by Rep. William Mitchell (R-Ind.), 13 May 1862
Hundreds of biographies have been written about the men and women of the Civil War, yet none has fully presented the life and work of Anna Ella Carroll, the female member of President Abraham Lincoln's "kitchen cabinet." C. Kay Larson provides a penetrating account of a Southern lady who broke all the rules for women of the era. Carroll circulated in the highest political circles in the nation and made important contributions to democracy's survival. This book will greatly enhance Anna Ella Carroll's stature as a heroine of the state of Maryland.
Anna Ella Carroll was the daughter of Maryland Gov. Thomas King Carroll. Under his tutelage, she honed her exceptional skills in political and legal analysis.
During the 1850s, Carroll became a nationally-known publicist for prominent Whig and American (Know-Nothing) party candidates. When the secession crisis roiled the country in 1861, Carroll provided invaluable assistance to Gov. Thomas H. Hicks in keeping their state loyal. She also wrote able political/legal tracts for the Lincoln administration that helped maintain support for the war effort which were widely circulated in Washington and Maryland.
In Great Necessities, new evidence also is presented that clarifies Carroll's, President Lincoln's, and Secty. of War Edwin M. Stanton's roles in the Tennessee River campaign. In this strategic advance, Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote led combined army-naval forces which captured Confederate Forts Henry and Donelson. These constituted the "first real" victories for the Union during the Civil War.
2004, C. Kay Larson, 693 pp, Paperback