“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.
Militarism/Nationalism. A British WWI recruitment poster encouraging British men to join the military. "This is your flag, it stands for liberty," to make people feel a certain obligation to protect their flag, and in turn liberty. Britain was trying to make its army the best and the biggest by enlisting as many people as possible.
Sarah Emma Edmond Born in 1841 in New Brunswick, Canada, Sarah ran away from home in her early teens. In order to survive she became an itinerant Bible salesman, by calling herself Frank Thompson and dressing like a man. In 1861, Frank (Sarah) enlisted in the Second Michigan Infantry and over the next two years not only fought in a number of Civil War battles, but also served as a spy for the Union Army.
Day 27: Mary Elizabeth Browser - Spied for the Union Army. She was assigned to the household of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who thought she was illiterate, but she actually had a photographic memory and memorized important dispatches.
Sarah Emma Edmonds as "Franklin Thompson." She served as a man during the American Civil War. She received a government pension for military service, gained an honorable discharge, and was the only woman to be admitted to the Union Army veterans' organization.