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.