Mary Edwards Walker 1860
Mary Edwards Walker around 1860 in Washington DC.
Mary Edwards Walker was a Civil War surgeon who like the freedom of dressing in "men's clothes". (Today, I'm sure she'd wear jeans or pants suits.) She was a nurse who learned to be a surgeon during the Civil War - because she was needed. There is another photo of her on AncientFaces as an older woman - in men's clothes and a top hat. In this photo, her dress is a little shorter than usual (for the time) and she's wearing pants underneath the dress.
Carte de visite courtesy of the Library of Congress, John Holyland photographer
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