Dr. Mary Walker
Dr. Mary Walker Video
Town of Oswego historian, George DeMass, talks about the life of Dr. Mary Walker.
Her Father's Diary
Dr. Mary Walker’s father, Alvah Walker entered daily reflections into his diary for years. A farmer, Alvah recorded information about crops as well as having dinner with friends. Here are some pages from his diary.
Medal of Honor
Dr. Mary Walker was a surgeon during the Civil War at a time when female surgeons were rare. She was captured by the South and held as a prisoner of war. Because of her bravery, she was awarded the Medal of Honor, the only female recipient to have earned such an honor.
As a female surgeon in the Civil War, a Prisoner of War, Medal of Honor recipient, and a strong advocate for dress reform and woman’s rights, Dr. Mary Walker regularly met resistance to her life style. It’s been said she was 150 years ahead of her time.