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    Army Scrubs Fort A.P. Hill, Renaming Base in Honor of Female Medal of Honor Recipient

    Army Scrubs Fort A.P. Hill, Renaming Base in Honor of Female Medal of Honor Recipient

    A.P. Hill in Virginia was redesignated Friday as Fort Walker to honor Dr. Mary Walker, the only female Medal of Honor recipient, who earned the medal for heroics treating wounded troops in the Civil War while under fire.

    Fort Walker, a small Virginia Army installation that serves as one of the main training grounds for National Guard units in the region, had been named in honor of a Confederate general who waged war against the U.S.

    The move comes after seven other installations have been scrubbed of their namesakes honoring Confederate figures who seceded from the U.S., largely to grow and protect the slave trade, spurring the Civil War.

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    Walker was the first female surgeon for the Union Army, often serving near the frontlines during major battles in Maryland and Virginia. She often went beyond the frontlines to treat wounded Confederates and civilians caught in the crossfire.

    In 1864, Walker was captured by rebel troops after helping another doctor amputate a limb, and she was a prisoner of war for four months until she was released in a prisoner exchange.

    The renaming of Army bases was ordered by Congress and followed by a commission study under the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin officially ordered the bases and other military property to be renamed in October following months of visits and community…

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