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Dr. Mary Walker

Everything is frozen.

A woman, hunched over, cradles a torso.
In my mind, she is Dr. Mary Walker, America’s first woman surgeon. At the time, neither men nor women trusted a female doctor. She is sad, but it is a resigned sadness. General Lee’s ghost rides horseback.

In the snow, the canteen’s strap forms a sideways eight, the symbol for infinity, reinforcing the notion that the horror of the Civil War is in all wars, endlessly repeating.

 
Mary Walker Infinity symbol General Lee's ghost Bodies