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In 1865, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker received the Medal of Honor from President Andrew Johnson in recognition of her medical service during the Civil War. She remains the only woman to have earned this award. Yet few people today know anything about Walker, though she was well-known — even notorious — in her lifetime. “Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War” offers a new way of looking at that conflict, through the eyes of a woman confident she could make a contribution equal to that of any man. The U.S. Army later stripped Walker of her medal, only to have it reinstated posthumously in 1977.

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