Mary E. Walker: Prisoner Of War

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Born November 26, 1832 Mary E. Walker was an American Feminist, Abolitionist, Prohibitionist, Prisoner of War, as well as a Surgeon.
In 1855 she earned her medical degree at Syacus Medical College in New York and started a medical practice. Her practice didn’t fair too well so she volunteered with the Union Army during the beginning of the American Civil War serving as a surgeon. She was captured by the Confederate Forces after crossing enemy lines to treat wounded civilian, and was arrested as a spy. She was sent to Richmond VA as a Prisoner of War, until released in a prisoner exchange.
After the war she was approved for the highest United States Armed Forces Decoration for bravery, the Medal of Honor. She is the only woman ever to receive
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