Account of a lecture by Dr. Mary Walker in Durham, England, covering her capture by the Confederate Army and imprisonment during the Civil War.
Why It Matters
Mary Edwards Walker was unique not only for her Civil War experience, but also for her style of dress and her outspoken personality. This newspaper article gives an account of Edwards’ capture by Confederate soldiers and her imprisonment. It also reveals how an English journalist viewed Walker and what he thought about her speech and her appearance. Walker's public persona sparked strong reactions in all who met her.
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Analyze this evidence
- Why do you think it was uncommon for a female prisoner to be exchanged for a male prisoner?
- How were prisoners of the Civil War treated? Do you think Mary Walker was treated any better or worse because she was a woman? Has the treatment of prisoners of war detained by the United States changed since the Civil War? If so, how?