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DR. MARY EDWARDS WALKER, CONTRIBUTOR
[WOMEN - YWCA]. A COOK BOOK COMPILED BY A COMMITTEE OF LADIES FOR THE REFRESHMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE FAIR OF THE YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION|ACADEMY OF MUSIC, MAY, 1876. New York: Sears & Cole, 1876. 70 pp. 12mo., textured flexible blue cloth stamped in gilt and blind. The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World's Fair in the United States, was held in Phialdelphia, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. "Dr. Mary Walker's Ginger Cordial" is included with the recipies.
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (1832-1919) was an American feminist, abolitionist, author, prohibitionist, alleged spy, prisoner of war, surgeon, and the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor. At the beginning of the American Civil War, she volunteered for the Union Army as a civilian. At first, she was only allowed to practice as a nurse, as the Army had no female surgeons. After the war, she became a writer and lecturer, supporting such issues as health care, temperance, women's rights and dress reform for women. She wore men's clothes exclusively for the rest of her life. She wrote extensively, including a combination biography and commentary called Hit and a second book, Unmasked, or the Science of Immortality.
Post-war, Walker was recommended for the Medal of Honor by Generals William Tecumseh Sherman and George Henry Thomas. On November 11, 1865, President Andrew Johnson signed a bill to present her the Medal, specifically for her services at the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas). In 1917, the U.S. Congress revised the standards for the awarding of the Medal, so that it could only be given to those who had been involved in "actual combat with the enemy," and revoked more than 900 previously awarded Medals, including that of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker. Although ordered to return the Medal, she refused to do so and continued to wear it until her death. President Jimmy Carter restored her Medal posthumously in 1977.
Light wear to covers at corners and spine. Coated brown endpapers. Gilt and cloth clean and bright. Faint erased pencil marks to title page. Page 37: "Dr. Mary Walker's Ginger Cordial." Advertisements, some illustrated, at rear. None in OCLC; not in the University of Michigan Culinary Collection. $1500.00