Clara Barton

and the Angels of the Battlefield

Who was Clara Barton and what did she do?

  • Founder of the Red Cross, which was started in 1881.
  • Cared for the soldiers injured at Antietam and other Civil War battles.
  • Reduced deaths by teaching the doctors to wash their hands after caring for one patient and going on to another one. Organized the soldiers by how badly they were hurt so they could get the care they needed when they needed it.
  • Nicknamed "the angel of the battlefield" for her work. Other nurses were considered angels of the battlefield too for all the lives they saved.
  • Clara gained a love for nursing at the age of 11. Her brother was severely ill and not excepted to live so she spent the next two years nursing him back to health.