This is the amazing story of Anna Ella Carroll, a forgotten woman, and the ""great unrecognized member of Lincoln's Cabinet"", one of those gently born women who, in spite of time and place, was a prime mover. Of aristocratic Maryland descent, she was interested in politics as a young girl. With the failure of the family fortunes, she went to Washington, earned her own way as a sort of public relations counsel, pamphlet writer, social adviser, and when working for Lincoln's election, won his confidence. With the war, she kept Maryland for the Union, propagandizing, mapping out a Western campaign that was eventually followed, and plotting the successful fall of Vicksburg. On the eve of recognition for her services, Lincoln was killed, and her chances ruined through masculine jealousy and political shenanigans. Another view of American history, overflowing with political and national figures, behind the scenes machinations, and controversial interpretations.