This article is actually from last month, when Mary Walker’s birthday was celebrated, but as we’re now into Women’s History Month, it seems fitting to post it now. Mary Walker was a force of nature!
While serving in Richland, Virginia in 1863, confederate soldiers captured Walker as a prisoner of war. Four months later, the Union army negotiated her return in exchanged for a high-ranking rebel officer. That deal would become a point of great pride for Walker and it caught the eyes of two towering figures in American military history: Major General William Tecumseh Sherman and Major General George Thomas.
Because Walker “rendered valuable service to the government, and her efforts have been earnest and untiring in a variety of ways,” the Majors General recommended to President Andrew Johnson that she receive the Medal of Honor “for meritorious services.”