Clara Barton


Women's History Month - March 27th

Clara Barton worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others.  After the start of the Civil War, she volunteered to care for wounded soldiers in the Washington Infirmary.  As the war progressed Clara Barton, “Angel of the Battlefield”,  took her skills to the front lines.  At the Battle of Antietam, Barton independently organized large scale relief for the wounded soldiers.  When the Civil War concluded, Clara continued her humanitarian efforts, setting up offices to locate the missing, imprisoned and dead.  Her life’s dedication to the betterment humanity lead her to found the American Red Cross in 1881.  For over forty years, until her death at age ninety-one, Barton remained active in her relief work.  Clara Barton’s charitable and selfless actions have demonstrated the capacity for human compassion.