Ten fun facts about Clara Barton


Fact 1
In addition to being a nurse, she worked as a teacher, patent clerk, and humanitarian.

Fact 2
The Red Cross helps victims of war and disasters.

Fact 3
At a time when relatively few women worked outside the home, Barton built a career helping others.


Fact 4
She worked to distribute stores, clean field hospitals, apply dressings, and serve food to wounded soldiers in close proximity to several battles, including Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.

Fact 5
Barton then achieved widespread recognition by delivering lectures around the country, which lasted well over a year, about her war experiences.

Fact 6
Angel of Mercy is a biographical short subject, starring Sara Haden as Clara Barton and Ann Rutherford as a woman whose brother's death in a Civil War battle inspires her to join Barton in her work.

Fact 7
Clara Barton became an educator in 1838 for a dozen years in schools in Canada and West Georgia.

Fact 8
In 1850, Barton decided to further her education by pursuing writing and languages at the Clinton Liberal Institute in New York.

Fact 9
Barton opened a free school in Bordentown, New Jersey, the first free school to be opened in the state.

Fact 10
Her father convinced her that it was her duty as a Christian to help the soldiers.


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