Clara Barton

By: Kathryn Williams

Facts about Clara Barton

  • Clara Barton was born on December 25,1821, in North Oxford, Massachusetts.
  • Barton was the first woman to work in a government position and get the same salary as a man.
  • Also worked as a nurse.
  • She was running union hospitals in North Carolina, and Virginia by 1864.
  • Supported the Woman's Rights Suffrage movement.
  • She founded the American Red Cross on May 21, 1881, in Washington, DC at the age of 60.
  • The American Red Cross was an organization that helped soldiers when they got shot or wounded.
  • She also discovered washing your hands in between surgery's so she didn't carry diseases/sicknesses from one person to the other, and this decreased the number of people dying.
  • Clara Barton eventually died on April 20, 1912, in Glen Echo, Maryland.

Why She was Called the Angel of the Battlefield?

Clara Barton was known as the "Angel of the Battlefield" because she done amazing things for soldiers. She was the nurse for some of the worst Civil War battles, and she took care of soldiers when they got shot or injured. Sometimes she would even risk her own life for these soldiers because she was willing to travel to the front lines of the battle fields to help a soldier.
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