Meet Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a woman with many titles: surgeon, abolitionist, suffragist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war, and the only woman to have received the U.S. Medal of Honor.
Born on November 26, 1832, Mary Walker was raised in a home where “thinking outside of the box” wasn’t commonplace: free thinking, questioning regulations and restrictions on women. Needless to say, this was certainly revolutionary for the times. For example, she kept her name after her marriage to fellow student, Albert Miller.
She was highly interested in medicine and pored over her father’s medical texts on anatomy and physiology as well as other medical litereature. She graduated with honors from Syracuse Medical College in New York at the age of 23 in 1855.
She was in private practice until the Civil War broke out in 1861. She wanted to join the army as a surgeon but wasn’t allowed to because she was a woman. Because of her credentials, she didn’t want to be a nurse, either. So she volunteered as an unpaid surgeon for a number of military hospitals and battlefields for the Union Army. She was the first female surgeon to do so.
On April 10, 1864, Walker was captured by Confederate troops, and arrested as a spy, just after she finished helping a Confederate doctor perform an amputation. However, she was exchanged for a Confederate surgeon just four months later.
After the war, she was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Andrew Johnson even though she was a civilian. But the medal was rescinded in 1917. As with her nature, she wore the medal until she died two years later.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter restored her medal posthumously because she had gone into enemy territory to care for the suffering vicitms, when no man had the courage to do so, for they feared being captured and imprisoned.
The Citation for Medal of Honor:
“Whereas it appears from official reports that Dr. Mary E. Walker, a graduate of medicine, “has rendered valuable service to the Government, and her efforts have been earnest and untiring in a variety of ways,” and that she was assigned to duty and served as an assistant surgeon in charge of female prisoners at Louisville, Ky., upon the recommendation of Major-Generals Sherman and Thomas, and faithfully served as contract surgeon in the service of the United States, and has devoted herself with much patriotic zeal to the sick and wounded soldiers, both in the field and hospitals, to the detriment of her own health, and has also endured hardships as a prisoner of war four months in a Southern prison while acting as contract surgeon; and Whereas by reason of her not being a commissioned officer in the military service, a brevet or honorary rank cannot, under existing laws, be conferred upon her; and Whereas in the opinion of the President an honorable recognition of her services and sufferings should be made.
“It is ordered, That a testimonial thereof shall be hereby made and given to the said Dr. Mary E. Walker, and that the usual medal of honor for meritorious services be given her.”
So thank you, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, for representing all women in this list of 3,497 Medal of Honor recipients!
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So Did You Miss Columbus Day This Year?
CNN won’t ever tell you This!
Really, did you miss Columbus Day this year?
Many people did by abiding the political correctness mandate of celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day as did 55 cities across America.
Obviously, the mayors of those cities decided to ignore this federal holiday.
It all started with that poor multi-millionaire quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, last year taking a knee during the national anthem before the San Francisco Forty-49ers football games. Then players from other teams joined him to protest. As Kaerpnick said:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Sure that makes sense: kneeling during the national anthem for which we active duty miltary personnel and veterans fought, bled and died. Oh, and by the way, have you ever noticed any the these idiotic football players protest outside of the football game or take their grievances to the media? No, neither did I.
So here is an example of what many uninformed, uneducated imbeciles believe and publicly say about Columbus. On October 9, 2017, Professor Jason Nichols from the University of Maryland argued with Tucker Carlson about Columbus. The first words out of his mouth were “facts” that Columbus terrorized and murdered 250,000 Americans in two years.
What? American citizens? Are you kidding me? In 1492? How many ways is this statement wrong?
1. Columbus never made it to America.
2. Obviously, he didn’t kill 200,000 people.
3. America didn’t exist for another 200 years.
4. The accusation that he brought diseases that killed indigenous people is not factual, either.
So what about those diseases? It was the Spanish conquistadors who brought infectious diseases to the Americas. Indeed, by about two centuries after 1492,
Approximately 95% of 20 million people were dead, almost entirely killed by disease.
The aforementioned “facts” are some of the arguments that leftists, anti-fascists, and social justice warriors are perpetrating on America. Therefore Columbus Day is not to be celebrated and his memory and statues need to removed from our sight. So those 55 cities across the U.S. did not celebrate that federal holiday but, instead, celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day!
Let us not forget that Christopher Columbus set the stage for colonization of North America and ultimately led to “we the people” living in the freest, greatest nation in the history of the world.
“We the people” will do our best to ignore the garbage being perpetrated on us by those who do not believe as we do and will act accordingly by keeping our sanity, history, and beliefs. We will not submit to you – and there are many more of us than you!
You leftists, anti-fascists, and social justice warriors have no place in our society, so just please go away. You do not belong here!
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