Today’s blog features a notable first in history, Dr. Mary Walker. Dr. Walker served the Union during the Civil War as a physician. She is notable because she is the first and only woman in our nation’s history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. This is the highest U.S. military decoration awarded by Congress. It is given to a member of the armed forces for gallantry and bravery in combat at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Dr. Walker’s gallantry was shown when she treated the wounded at Warrenton and Fredericksburg, Virginia in December 1862. She continued her service in Chattanooga, Tennessee tending to the casualties of the battle of Chickamauga. In September 1863, she was appointed assistant surgeon in the Army of the Cumberland. Her courage under fire earns Dr. Mary Walker a spot in our blog as a notable woman in our nation’s history.
Margaret Corbin was an incredible women who found herself in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Her husband became a patriot and served as a artilleryman, but she had limited options as the war broke out. She could stay on their farm in Virginia by herself or go with her husband and help. She and many other women of the time chose to follow their husband’s. They were called Camp Followers because they helped with the war effort with cooking, sewing, nursing, and other tasks. Margaret’s husband John manned a cannon and she helped to cool the cannon with buckets of water. On one fateful day in New York, she found herself at the Battle of Fort Washington. Her husband was mortally wounded and knowing what to do, she picked up his position at the cannon and began firing at the enemy. Her courage that day caused life altering injuries to her body, but earned her the respect as a Patriot. Her bravery and heroism earned her a stipend from the Continental Congress for the rest of her life, but most importantly she became the first woman documented in service to our nation. Margaret Corbin is buried in a place of honor a the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint, NY.
What are your thoughts on technology today? Technology allows students to express creativity and can be the key to successful learning. Innovative technology, web tools, applications, hardware, and software allow students to express themselves and make learning meaningful. Investigating content through the use of technology of their own choosing provides students with opportunities for exploration and innovation. I like to use digital media, audio tours, and interactive technology like Qclick clickers to engage students. In the comment section below, tell us what devices and tools you use to empower learners to be creative and develop useful skills in everyday life.
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