“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.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Shortly after her death, usually on her birthday, Union Veterans from around the eastern shore began gathering at her graveside to honor her all she had done; over time as their numbers dwindled they were joined by veterans of other wars including members of the DAR. This observance to honor Anna Ella Carroll continued for almost 70 years.
Out of respect for Carroll Family many having known them for decades, schoolmarms in the region began to include Anna Ella Carroll in their history lessons about the Civil War; some say these teachers chose to open young minds instead of arguing suffrage issues with closed minded husbands church pastors and family members. These acts preserved the only community in America who for almost six generations have continually held out hope for seeing a day when Anna Ella Carroll finally receives the recognition four of Congresses own committees had recommended. Friends of Anna Ella Carroll are now on facebook, please find us there.
For more than sixty years, American scholars have tried to deny Anna Ella Carroll any role in the Tennessee River campaign, defined as the combined movement of army and naval forces south through the Tennessee River Valley in February 1862, commanded by BG Ulysses S. Grant and Flag Officer Andrew Hull Foote, that resulted in the capture of Confederate Forts Henry and Donelson on February 6 and 16, respectively. As MG William T. Sherman stated, these were the “first real” victories for the Union in the Civil War...