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This is a portrait of Clara Barton. She was an American teacher, nurse, and humanitarian. During the Civil War, Clara brought comfort to countless injured soldiers and prisoners. She was recognized by many Union Generals, and Abraham Lincoln for her selfless service during the war. It was on this day, May 21, in the year 1881 that Clara formed the American Red Cross.


Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneer American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and humanitarian. She was the founder of the American Red Cross. "I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past."

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Clara Barton (1821-1912) - Civil War nurse, founder of the American Red Cross.


Clara Barton:1821-1912) - Civil War nurse, founder of the American Red Cross. Barton refused a salary from the government & dedicated herself aiding soldiers on the front.  What were not allowed in hospitals, camps or battlefields and initially, officials refused her help.  Eventually, she gained their trust & began receiving supplies from all over the country. she was known as the "Angel of the Battlefield."