Dr. Mary Walker at Work On the Field

"A Woman Captured by Champ Furgeson," 405-406 In Deeds of Valor: How America's Heroes Won the Medal Of Honor... Vol. I. Edited by W.F. Beyer and O.F. Keydel. Detroit, MI: The Perrien-Keydel Co., 1905.

Illustration title: "Dr. Mary Walker at Work on the Field" (406)

Thanks to Steve Munson of the Civil War Museum and the Women's Museum of the Civil War in Bardstown for alerting us to this resource.

Re: Dr. Mary Walker at Work On the Field

I actually devoted a chapter of my recent book to Walker's MoH saga, and noted that this text contains a few inaccuracies. The text claims that she was made "assistant surgeon in the regular army, which carried with it the rank of first lieutenant." Assistant surgeons did not hold that rank- they were purely contractors, and this was the subject of some longstanding legal opinions, which is why she later was stripped of her medal (the law strictly required that the recipient be a soldier).

Mary Cole Walling, orator for universal suffrage

In the nineteenth century, women were not expected to speak out in public and the few who gave speeches in public for a living were often castigated for breaking the social norms of piety, submission and domesticity. There were a few women orators early in the nineteenth century who could break out of that mold and be successful. One of the earliest of them was Mary Cole Walling who spoke out for universal suffrage during the chaotic years of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era.

Important Speech of Mrs. M.C. Walling on Reconstruction and Universal Suffrage, Delivered in the U.S. Senate, May 10, 1866

Author: Walling, M. [Mary] C. [Cole] Mrs.     

Title:  Important Speech of Mrs. M.C. Walling on Reconstruction and Universal Suffrage, Delivered in the U.S. Senate, May 10, 1866

Publisher: [Washington? D.C.] : [publisher not identified]

Date of Publication: [1866?]

CWGK: Digital Humanities & Events Intern, Summer 2017

The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWGK) is a freely accessible online collection of historical documents associated with the chief executives of the state — three Union and two provisional Confederate. Yet CWGK is about far more than the five governors.

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