In the mean time, just short of 3,500 Medals of Honor have been awarded and as history clearaly claims..only one went to a woman. This of course was the very well qualified Docctor Mary Walker, whom also you will hear much about at a later date in this space.
But today I want to share with you some intersting facts about another woman who was awarded the Medal of Honor. Yup! Another woman.
Look carefully in the upper left hand corner and you can see this note has a number of it... it is handwritten as were all notes of that day. Now, look at the image below it and look over to the right. There is the same number, but backwards, because you are looking at the reverse... a blank reverse... of the fractional note. Again that is the way these were made in Civil War days in the south.
There were about 45 million who have served in the US military since day one. Two have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Mary Walker and Juliet Hopkins. One for the North and one for the South. Bet you did not know that!
Years later a second version of the medal was created by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. A book... "Valor in Grey" apparently has a list of all recipients, and it available today on the net for those wishing further information on the medal and its recipients.
Hopkins would start a program of writing letters home for veterans, she would send locks of their hair back to family and donate many a book for their reading and taking minds off horrible injuries. For all of this she would be awarded the South's Medal of Honor, and at death she would receive a full military funeral.
First notice the handwritten numbers on the three samples to the left. There must have been quite a crew of folks that simply had the job to write out these numbers. Apparently they did not have presses that would automatically change the number each time an image was made.
The images on the right show another lack of developement. The bills were obviously printed in two different processes. The first with the bill. The second with the 50 cent stamp in blue. Carefully study these and you can see that each one is in a slightly different place.