Civil War reenactor and educator Twyla Warren of Bonne Terre was recently presented the Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Award by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) for her "outstanding service" and participation in the General James R. McCormick Camp 215 — Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, since its formation.
What makes the presentation of the award so unique is that Warren isn't even an American citizen. She's Canadian by birth and the descendent of a Civil War veteran — Union soldier Benjamin Davis, a blacksmith who served in the 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry.
During a ceremony on May 3, SUVCW Department of Missouri Commander Randal Burd presented the award to Warren, who is married to fellow reenactor and Park Hills Public Library employee Christopher Warren.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker who was the first female to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for the medical services she provided during the Civil War.
In presenting the award, which included a medallion and certificate, Burd read the proclamation that recognized Warren for, among other things, her participation "in almost every meeting and function of General James R. McCormick Camp 215 for the entirety of its existence;" her support of the Department of Missouri's past activities that include Sherman Day, Lincoln Tomb ceremonies, gravesite dedications and "countless" community educational events; and recruitment of eight of the 12 members of the Louisa Volker Auxiliary 215, along with serving as its first president.
Burd also noted that Warren had been honored in May of last year by resolutions issued by the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate "for her many years of volunteer service" in the ASUVCW, supporting McCormick Camp 215, Fletcher Camp 47 and the Department of Missouri, SUVCW.
Warren humbly accepted the recognition, saying, "I'm very proud and happy to have received this award. It means a lot to me and my family."
Meanwhile, Warren's husband — overjoyed with the special recognition his wife had just received — said, "This award is not easily earned and is a rare thing. I am so very happy and excited for my beautiful, intelligent and wonderful wife. She is a blessing from God and an honor to her adopted nation and her American Civil War ancestor."
Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or firstname.lastname@example.org
"I'm very proud and happy to have received this award." — Twyla Warren