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Mary Walker
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    (November 26, 1831-February 21, 1919)
    Born in Oswego, New York
    Second woman to graduate from medical school in the US
    First female US Army Surgeon (1864-65)
    Received the Congressional Medal of Honor (1865)
    Her first medical practice failed because most people were not ready for a female physician.
    She was arrested repeatedly for wearing men’s clothing.
    A government review board revoked her Medal of Honor (along with 910 others) on the grounds that it had not been earned in combat (1917).
    She opposed ‘confining and unhygienic’ fashions such as corsets.
    When the army initially would only accept her as a nurse, she worked without pay as a field surgeon near the front lines at the battles of Fredericksburg, Chattanooga, and Chickamauga.
    After she was captured by the Confederates, she was proud to be exchanged ‘man for man’ for a Confederate surgeon.
    Her Medal was restored posthumously (1977).

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