“An 1855 graduate of Syracuse Medical College, Mary Walker was an author and early feminist who gained distinction during the Civil War as a humanitarian, surgeon and spy. Walker was actually appointed surgeon of the 52nd OVI in 1863 by General Thomas in recognition of her skills and was captured in 1864 and ultimately exchanged for a Confederate officer “man for man.” She was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in January 1866.
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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.
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.
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