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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 Eleanor Tarrant Little, 1872-1917: Louisville Social Reformer and Suffragist

Mary Eleanor Tarrant was born in 1872 in Macon, Mississippi. Her father, Samuel Tarrant, was a civil war veteran and worked as a merchant (in what business is not recorded). Her mother, Eliza Watkins Selleck Tarrant, seems to have had no paying job when Eleanor was born. When the family moved to Louisville sometime in the 1880s, however, Eliza Tarrant kept a boarding house, and when she and her husband moved to Chicago around 1900, she pursued this occupation there.

Breckinridge, Sophonisba. In “Statement of Miss Jane Addams and Others, January 11, 1916.” Commission for Enduring Peace. Hearings before Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives.... Washington: Government Printing Office, 1916.

Author: Breckinridge, Sophonisba.

Title: [Testimony] page 10-13 in “Statement of Miss Jane Addams and Others, January 11, 1916.” Commission for Enduring Peace. Hearings before Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, Sixty-Fourth Congress, First Session on H.R. 6921 and H.J. Res. 32.

Publisher: Washington: Government Printing Office, 1916.

Laura Clay (1849-1941), Kentucky Suffragist and Voice of the South

Laura Clay (February 9, 1849 — June 29, 1941) grew up in a large family of activists at a farm in Madison County. Her father, Cassius Clay, was a friend of Abraham Lincoln and ambassador to Russia. Her mother, Mary Jane Warfield Clay, and her sisters all supported the woman suffrage movement, and farming kept them economically independent as they went on in life, whether divorced or married.

Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition Seeks Graduate Research Associates for 2018

The Kentucky Historical Society seeks two Graduate Research Associates (GRAs) familiar with 19th century United States history to write short informational entries for the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWGK). GRAs will receive a stipend of $5,000 each and can work remotely from their home institutions.

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