About Clara Barton:
• Was born on December 25th, 1821 in Oxford, Massachusetts.
• Clara Barton was a pioneering nurse who founded the American Red
Cross, and was a hospital nurse in the Civil War. Barton risked her life to
bring supplies and support to soldiers in the field during the War.
• She became a teacher at age 15 and later opened a free public school in
New Jersey. She moved to Washington, D.C., to work in the U.S. Patent
Office as a clerk in the mid-1850s.
“Angel of the Battlefield”
• Clara was selfless and extremely devoted to what she did.
• Not content sitting on the sidelines, Barton served as an independent
nurse and first saw combat in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1862. She
also cared for soldiers wounded at Antietam. Barton was nicknamed
"the angel of the battlefield" for her work.
What role did Clara Barton have in the war?
• She organized the American Red Cross and independently organized
relief for the wounded and often brought her own supplies to front
• Barton saw the need for an efficient organization to distribute food and
medical supplies to the troops.
Historians Discussing Clara Barton
What was Clara Barton’s legacy, and why was it important?
What might have led to her nursing skills?
What was Clara’s first job?
• Did Clara know anyone in the war? And
if so, who?
• What was the importance of Barton’s
• How did she ask for help from others?
What year was Clara officially able to attend to wounded soldiers?
What did she realize was the best way to support troops?
What year did Barton Found the American Red Cross?
• Clara Barton died on April 12, 1912, at her home
in Glen Echo, Maryland. Clara Barton grew the
American locations for a life saving
organization for soldiers in to an organization
that could help out with war injuries and
helped many war victoms. She made a vast
impact on the society and is still looked as a
symbol for inspiration today.