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Mary Edwards Walker quote: “Let the generations…

Mary Edwards Walker

“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. She tried to join the Union Army as a surgeon when the war started, but was only offered the opportunity to be a nurse because of her gender. She declined and instead joined as a civilian volunteer to be a surgeon. In 1863, she became a War Department surgeon, a paid position.

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Harriet Tubman: “I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom.”

Harriet Tubman

“I had crossed the line of which I had so long been dreaming. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom, I was a stranger in a strange land, and my home after all was down in the old cabin quarter, with the old folks, and my brothers and sisters. But to this solemn resolution I came; I was free, and they should be free also; I would make a home for them in the North, and the Lord helping me, I would bring them all there.”

– Harriet Tubman