Clara Barton

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Clara Barton

Clara Barton was a true pioneer and humanitarian. She is a well known woman in American history due to her participation in the Civil War and her founding of the American Red Cross. She became a teacher at a time where most teacher's were men. She was one of the first woman to ever be hired by the Federal government and was an inspiration for all women during her lifetime and forever after


Clara Barton loved nature through her natural ability to nurture. As a very caring and giving women she looked to helping anyone and everyone around her. “ The conflict is one thing I've been waiting for. I'm well and strong and young..... young enough to go to the front. If I cannot be a soldier, I'll help the soldiers”....
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September 1862- Sharpsburg, MD- Clara Barton brought much-needed medical supplies and attended to the wounded during and after the Battle of Antietam.
December 1862 in Falmouth, VA- She attended to the wounded from the Battle of Fredericksburg.
April-Dec 1863 in Hilton Head and Morris Island, S.C. - She transferred from VA to be closer to her brother David, a U.S. Army Captain. There she established hospitals for the wounded from the Battle of Fort Wagner and distributed supplies to Union soldiers after the battle at Charleston. May-Jun 1864- Fredericksburg, VA- She attended to the wounded of the Battle of Spotslyvania Court House and the Battle of Cold Harbor.
June 1864 – January 1865- Andersonville, GA – Assisted in the identification of graves for missing soldiers at the former Confederate prison. At the conclusion of her work, the site was dedicated as the first national cemetery.

After the flag was raised in dedication of the national cemetery, Clara wrote “ I ought to be satisfied. I believe I am.”..... (

Future events would prove the she was never satisfied unless she was responding to the call of human need.


Clara Barton was born to assist. Even though as a child she was shy and timid, she quickly found ways of overcoming those obstacles such as teaching. “

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