“Let the generations know that women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom.”
– Mary Edwards Walker, Medal of Honor recipient.
Mary was a doctor before the Civil War broke out in the U.S. When the war started, she tried to join the Union Army as a surgeon, but was only offered the opportunity to be a nurse because of her gender. She declined and instead joined as a civilian volunteer. In 1863, she became a War Department surgeon, a paid position.