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Mary E. Walker, M.D.: First woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor (Civil War)

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was the first woman awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, for her work as a surgeon during the Civil War.

Mary Edwards Walker - feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, spy, prisoner of war and surgeon. The only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor.

Image detail for -The Civil War as Revolution – Part I

Mary Edwards Walker in her later years, 1911. She received the Medal of Honor for her work as a surgeon during the US Civil War, the only woman to ever get one. In 1917 the Army tightened up the rules for what you had to do/be to get the MoH...and deleted 911 names from the Medal of Honor Roll, including hers. She kept her medal and wore it till her death. Jimmy Carter restored her medal posthumously.

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Civil War surgeon, POW and Medal of Honor recipient.

Mary Edwards Walker - Civil War Era feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, alleged spy, prisoner of war + surgeon. She is also the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor. Often wore trousers + dressed in men's clothing, advocated dress reform for women.

Confederate Medal of Honor by peachy92, via Flickr

Mary Edwards Walker (November 26, 1832 – February 21, 1919) was an American feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, alleged spy, prisoner of war and surgeon. She is one of only eight civilians, and the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor.

Private Francis Brownell, recieved the first Medal of Honor awarded during the American Civil War

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker - feminist, abolitionist, alleged spy, surgeon and only female recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for hardship endured as a prisoner of war. Photo by Elliott and Fry of 55, Baker Street, London - c1870s