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Monument to Clara Barton
at Antietam National Battlefield

The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) was fought on September 17, 1862. As the single bloodiest day in the Civil War, more than 23,000 men were killed, wounded or missing in action. Following this battle, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

monument to Clara Barton   Antietam National Battlefield was established in 1890. A monument was raised for "the Angel of the Battlefield" which states the following:

CLARA BARTON.
During the battle of Antietam
September 17, 1862
Clara Barton brought supplies
and nursing aid to the wounded
on this battlefield.
This act of love and mercy
led to the birth of the present

AMERICAN
NATIONAL RED CROSS.

Photo by DLO

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