Clara Barton at age 54,
courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Barton is best known as being the founder of the American
Red Cross and, prior to this significant achievement, as
a nurse who tended to countless wounded soldiers on Civil
War battlefields. Her tireless, compassionate work during
the Battle of Antietam in the Civil War would inspire
praise of her as being "the true heroine of the age,
the angel of the battlefield"the latter part
of the phrase associated with her name thereafter. But
why this courageous woman chose to pursue a challenging
and difficult career path despite great obstacles, and
how much else she accomplished and endured in her long
and productive life, is just as noteworthy as the work
for which she is well remembered.
Biography of Clara Barton
True Heroine of the Age": Page 1, Page 2
A Monument to Clara Barton at
Places in the Life of Clara Barton
Women Who Went to the Field"
Pages at this Web Site
Louisa May Alcott's
Sketch of a Civil War Hospital Patient
Kearny: An American Soldier's Gallant Fight in the Battle
Barton: "The True Heroine of the Age" -
Page 1 of Clara Barton's biography covers the first half
of her life, from childhood to the Civil War. Page 2
concludes her life story, detailing her years of work
with the American Red Cross.
A Monument to Clara Barton at Antietam - A
monument to Clara Barton stands at the Poffenberger Farm
at Antietam National Battlefield. Included on this page
is a photo of the monument, and the text of the
Places in the Life of Clara Barton - This page
includes photos of the old Patent Office building and the
American National Red Cross Headquarters in Washington,
D.C., along with photos of Clara's final home at Glen
Echo, Maryland, established as Clara Barton National
Historic Site in 1974.
"The Women Who Went to the Field" - This
poem by Clara Barton is a powerful tribute to the courage
and endurance of Civil War nurses who came to the aid of
countless wounded and dying soldiers on and off the
Louisa May Alcott's Sketch of a Civil War Hospital
Patient - Louisa May Alcott, author of the novel Little
Women, served as a nurse in Washington, D.C.
Following her experience in the hospital, she wrote about
her account in Hospital Sketches, published in
1863. This page features an excerpt from the book.
Philip Kearny: An American Soldier's Gallant Fight in
the Battle of Solferino - The Battle of Solferino,
fought June 24, 1859, was key in the Italian Campaign of
the Franco-Austrian War, and also found Philip Kearny
proving his bravery in combat, earning him the Cross of
the Legion of Honor. From the horrors of this battle the
International Red Cross was born, founded in 1864 by
(Jean) Henri Dunant, eyewitness to the slaughter. This
organization would serve as a model for the American
Association of the Red Cross, established by Clara Barton
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