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Clarissa Harlowe Barton

Clarissa Harlowe Barton

Female 1821 - 1912  (90 years)


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  • Name Clarissa Harlowe Barton 
    Born 25 Dec 1821  Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Occupation She started life as a school teacher. In 1854 she became a U.S. patent clerk. Being a pioneer with many opposed to women in government service it was a constant battle.

    When the Civil War broke out circumstances thrust her into helping the wounded. She established the main agency to obtain and distribute supplies to wounded soldiers. She fought for and eventually obtained permission to travel to the front lines. Eventually she was appointed the "Lady in Charge" of hospitals at the front.

    On one occasion a bullet hit and passed through the sleeve of her dress. It did not injure her but, killed the man she was tending to. After that she became known as the "Angel of the Battlefield".

    After the war she ran the Office of Missing Soldiers. She became involved in woman's suffrage, and black civil rights. In 1868 traveled to Switzerland where she was introduced to the Red Cross. At the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War she assisted in the preparation of military hospitals and she was awarded the Golden Cross of Baden and the Iron Cross of Germany.

    When she returned to the United States she formed and became the first president of the American Red Cross. 
    Clara Barton visits Andersonville Prison.
    Clara Barton visits Andersonville Prison.
    The Vermont Watchman and State Journal, Montpelier Vermont, Friday, July 21, 1865, page 1.
    This list from Vermont is an example of the work Clara Barton did attempting to bring order to the confusion of who was actually missing.
    This list from Vermont is an example of the work Clara Barton did attempting to bring order to the confusion of who was actually missing.
    The Vermont Watchman and State Journal (Montpelier, Vermont) Friday, June 30 1865.
    Died 12 Apr 1912  Glen Echo, Montgomery, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 5 siblings 
    Person ID I9867  Nagel
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2014 

    Father Captain Stephen Barton,   b. 18 Aug 1774, Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1862, Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Sarah Stone,   b. 13 Nov 1783, Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1851, Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 22 Apr 1804  Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3260  Group Sheet