Clara Barton is widely honored in American history. She was born on December 25 1821 as Clarissa Harlowe in Oxford, Massachusetts. Her career started when her brother David was sick. She was the first women in the federal government. She worked at the United States Patent Office in Washington D.C. She was also a nurse and a humanitarian. When the civil war began in 1861 she recognized that there was a need of help for the poor soldiers. Instead of waiting for people to take action, she started getting supplies by herself. She asked people for donations, and stored them to distribute them to the soldiers. She helped the soldiers in many ways. She read to them, wrote letters, and prayed for them.
Clara Barton repeatedly kept asking the government and military for permission to bring her voluntary services and supplies to the places they were needed the most. After the Battle of Cedar Mountain in Northern Virginia in August 1862, She arrived at a field hospital with all of her supplies and was ready to help. From that time she was called, “The angel of the battlefield,”. She helped people in the worst parts in the Civil War and small battles in the Civil war. It didn’t matter to her she just wanted to help no matter what. She often put her own life in danger because she was willing to travel to the front lines in the battle.
In 1869, Clara went to Europe and learned about the International Committee of the Red Cross. She successfully founded the American Red Cross In 1881 at the age of 60! She lead the American Red Cross for the next 23 years. In 1896 she traveled to Istanbul to respond to the humanitarian crisis. She also opened the first American Red Cross headquarters in Beijing, China. She worked in hospitals in Cuba at the age of 77. she didn’t retire from the Red Cross until she was 83 years old! This is the story of Clara Barton's life story.
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