When the Franco-Prussian War broke out inBarton — never one to sit on the sidelines — wore a red cross made of red ribbon and helped deliver supplies to needy war-zone citizens.
The operation established an orphanage for children. Inshe met with President Rutherford B. She was demoted to "female assistant" and worked in a harsh environment until she had a nervous breakdown along with other health ailments, and quit.
Inshe received permission to take bandages and other supplies to a battlefield hospital after the Battle of Cedar Mountain in Northern Virginia. Clara and a staff of fifty doctors and nurses arrived in Johnstown days after the disaster and stayed on-site for six months, setting up hospital tents and helping survivors to get back on their feet.
With no formal training, her nursing expertise came from common sense, courage and compassion. Upon her return, her family relocated to help a family member: She also became acquainted with Frederick Douglass and became an activist for civil rights. Clara Barton Founder of the Red Cross Clara embarked on an extensive nationwide lecture tour following the Civil War, captivating audiences with tales of her battlefield experiences.
Donations of food, clothing, and building materials poured in from around the nation, including a large stock of lumber from Iowa. At what age did Clara first learn about the International Red Cross?
She arrived at a field hospital at midnight with a large amount of supplies to help the severely wounded soldiers. As criticism arose of her mixing professional and personal resources, Barton was forced to resign as president of the American Clara barton and the american red Cross inat the age of 83 because of her egocentric leadership style fitting poorly into the formal structure of an organizational charity.
She gained support from other people who believed in her cause. These people became her patrons, her most supportive being Senator Henry Wilson of Massachusetts. Domestically in she helped in the floods on the Ohio river, provided Texas with food and supplies during the famine of and took workers to Illinois in after a tornado and that same year to Florida for the yellow fever epidemic.
Under her leadership the Red Cross assisted with relief efforts following natural and manmade disasters, including forest fires, earthquakes, and epidemics. A makeshift hospital was created in the uncompleted Capitol Building.
Barton also worked in hospitals in Cuba in at the age of seventy-seven. After learning firsthand how the group functioned, Clara realized the Red Cross could provide essential civilian disaster relief as well as wartime aid. Appia; who later would invite her to be the representative for the American branch of the Red Cross and even help her find financial beneficiaries for the start of the American Red Cross.
She also suffered from depression, although nothing rallied her more than an urgent call for help. Wanting to serve her country, Barton went to the railroad station when the victims arrived and nursed 40 men. She formed the Bureau of Records of Missing Men of the Armies of the United States and — along with twelve clerks — researched the status of tens of thousands of soldiers and answered over 63, letters.
Barton, along with several other women, personally provided clothing, food, and supplies for the sick and wounded soldiers.
With no place to house the citizens or tons of supplies, Clara and her assistant, Dr. At the beginning of the Franco-Prussian Warinshe assisted the Grand Duchess of Baden in the preparation of military hospitals, and gave the Red Cross society much aid during the war.
Arthur finally signed the treaty in and the American Association of the Red Cross later called the American Red Cross was born, with Barton at its helm.
Once completed, though, Barton was replaced as principal by a man elected by the school board. Clara galvanized the American people to assist their countrymen in times of hardship and loss.
American Civil War[ edit ] Clara Barton circa Successful projects such as this gave Barton the confidence needed when she demanded equal pay for teaching. She was given permission, and "The Search for the Missing Men" commenced.
Many of these soldiers were labeled just as "missing". Barton published her autobiography intitled The Story of My Childhood.
Clara told the officials that neither she nor her countrymen were aware of the organization. In this college town, she developed many friendships that broadened her point of view on many issues concurring at the time.
Over 2, people died and hundreds were missing. By the time Barton left her post and presented her final report to Congress inshe and her assistants had identified 22, missing soldiers, but she believed at least 40, were still unaccounted for.
She was reportedly an independent workaholic who fiercely protected her vision of what the Red Cross should be. He was also the leader of progressive thought in the Oxford village area.
There was no more to be done for him and I left him to his rest. One unlucky soldier was shot and killed as Barton tended him.May 30, · Clara Barton is one of the most-recognized heroes of the American Civil War.
She began her illustrious career as an educator but found her true calling tending wounded soldiers on and off bloody. Clara Barton spent a decade organizing the American National Red Cross, which was officially incorporated in Under her leadership the Red Cross assisted with relief efforts following natural and manmade disasters, including.
Clara Barton founded the first Chapter of the American Red Cross in Dansville, NY in Today, her legacy is honored through a beautiful home on Elizabeth Street, donated by the Noyes family.
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