This is a 17 slide, highly animated power point presentation on the American Civil War - Key Figures – Union - Dr. Mary Walker who is America’s only female Medal of Honor recipient. Each of the slides are editable, so you can modify those to meet your individual needs.
Dr. Mary Walker was a nurse, surgeon, doctor, and women’s rights activist who received the Medal of Honor for her service during the American Civil War. Her parents were avowed abolitionists and their children were all political activists.
Dr. Walker was a real non-conformist, which do not always endear herself to other people. While attending Bowen Collegiate Institute she precipitated a series of incidents which shocked the administration and resulted in her expulsion. When dismissed from army service, she continued to wear her uniform. During the past years of her life she dressed as a man.
When the Civil War broke out she tried to join the Army as a surgeon but wasn't allowed because she was a woman, but was accepted as a surgeon in the Army of the Cumberland by General George H. Thomas. She was captured by the Confederate army in April 1864 and held as a prisoner of war for about 4 months before being exchanged in a prisoner swap.
Walker was awarded the Medal of Honor for Meritorious Service by President Andrew Johnson, even though she was a civilian who had never been a commissioned officer in military service. Walker became the first woman to receive the honor.
In 1917, the U.S. government changed the criteria for the Medal of Honor and withdrew Walker's medal. By excluding civilians from the honor. Mary and 910 other recipients were stripped of the honor. Walker refused to return the medal and continued to wear it until she died. Sixty years after her death, in 1977, President Jimmy Carter restored the honor in her name, thanks to efforts made by her family.
Nearly a century later, out of the nearly 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients Mary Walker remains the only female Medal of Honor recipient.
The presentation covers the following:
Education & Marriage
Civil War Breaks Out
Civil War Service
Accepted as a Doctor
Captured & Released
Medal of Honor Award
Mary’s Dress Code
Death & Legacy
End of Presentation
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