Fri, August 25, 2017

Women's Equality Day Commemoration featuring the story of Anna Ella Carroll

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The observance of Women's Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, while calling attention to the work that continues today and the efforts of women throughout history toward full equality. One of these women, Anna Ella Carroll of Maryland, broke all the rules for a woman of the Civil War-era, but her story was nearly lost. A politician, pamphleteer, adviser to President Abraham Lincoln, and military secret agent, Carroll operated in the highest political and government circles for more than 25 years.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce a Women's Equality Day commemoration event, featuring C. Kay Larson, as she presents the unlikely career and riveting story of Anna Ella Carroll. The event begins at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 25, 2017, and is open to the public and free to attend. The talk will emphasize Anna Ella Carroll's involvement in the Maryland Secession Crisis, her role in the 1862 Tennessee River Campaign, and the slander that followed her career, as she secured herself in the political and government circles traditionally occupied by powerful men. Ms. Larson will conclude her lecture with a modern look at the academic silence on female Civil War Soldiers.

C. Kay Larson has had a passion for women's military history since she first discovered Anna Ella Carroll's story when she was 10 years old. Since then, she has written numerous articles, publications, and books on women in the Civil War and World War II. Ms. Larson serves on the board of the New York Military Affairs Symposium and has been a contributor to the New York Times "Disunion" blog since 2012. She is also a past national historian of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, with publications and a film documentary to her credit.

Come celebrate Women's Equality Day at the USAHEC and learn more about the life and impact of Anna Ella Carroll! As always, the USAHEC’s exhibits will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call: 717-245-3972