Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was born in the Town of Oswego, NY. She served as a surgion with the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Obituary of Dr. Mary E. Walker: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyoswego/obits/walkermary.html
Central New York is an important area for Women's History. This local area was home to Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman physician; Susan B. Anthony, leader in the woman's sufferage movement; Sojourner Truth, reknown abloitionist, preacher and advocate of women's rights; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, social activist, abolitionist and leader of the women's rights movement; Matilda Joslyn Gage, early women's rights leader and abolitionist; Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist and leader of the Underground Railroad; and Dr. Mary Walker, American Civil War surgeon.
The first Women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls on July 19 and 20, 1848.