Clara Barton

By: Ava Boario

Clara Barton 1821-1912

Clara Barton was a Union nurse. Because of her courage in face of dangers, she was later called "The Angel of the Battlefield." When the Civil War started, Barton knew nothing about nursing. Barton saw that the war needed efficient organization in supplies such as food and medical, so she started working as a nurse in the war. After the war ended Clara Barton told people of her many war experiences.

Why She Was Important To The Civil War

Clara Barton was important to the Civil War because she helped the soldiers. For the soldiers, she orchestrated donations and distributed the supplies for them. Clara Barton nursed the wounded Union soldiers. Barton started nursing the Union soldiers after the battle of Bull Run in July of 1861. She also nursed the soldiers during the battles of Antietam, Sumner's II Corps, and Gettysburg.

Why She Is Important Today And To History

Clara Barton is important today and to history because she helped the country so much after the Civil War ended. After the war, Barton worked for the War Department where she helped reunite the missing soldiers with their families, or find out more about those who were missing. She also helped at Andersonville Prison Camp to identify and mark Union graves. Most of all, Barton founded the American Red Cross and was the first president of that organization in 1881. The Red Cross still exists today and is devoted to diaster relief.