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Mary Edwards Walker, Civil War doctor, Congressional Medal of Honor, Oswego, Union Army surgeon, feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, social reformer, women's suffrage, prisoner of war, women's dress reform movement


Dr. Mary Edwards Walker is America's first and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for Meritorious Service for her contributions to the American Civil War as a field surgeon. This article provides an overview of her life and many roles: surgeon, feminist, abolitionist, social reformer, suffragette, nonconformist and eccentric.



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