She began to receive letters from the families of soldiers who were looking for their missing loved ones. She did not have any children. It was one of many such honors for Barton. Both have become what they are today courtesy of individuals throughout history such as Clara Barton, whose contributions in these areas have left a profound and enduring mark. She was so impressed by the organization that upon her return to the United States, she fought to introduce the U. At one point she, and all the other women employees, were fired just because they were women. At only ten years old, Clara learned the nursing skills necessary to help her brother recover from a serious illness and, at that point, Clara realized what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.
As a child, Clara liked to pretend she was a nurse. Early careers Teaching One day, a phrenologist visiting the Barton household told Barton's parents to teach in a school so she could overcome her extreme shyness. She also fought for the rights of women to be treated equally in the work place. There were 600 students that her school had by 1854. She mostly worked as a clerk for her older brother and at the Patent Office, and as a teacher.
A man was hired to run the school, and he received a almost twice as high as Barton's salary. Department of the Interior records say that she became a clerk in 1855, which makes her the first female to work for the government. After the Civil War, Clara Barton met Frederick Douglass and he convinced her to become part of the very first civil rights movements. Barton was first terrified of this, but she soon taught a class of forty girls and boys in a local school. Franco-Prussian War Barton suffered from periods of poor health.
She was a woman who had several careers prior to the Civil War and the actions that would make her famous. She established herself as a resident of Maryland and then eventually received permission to attend to the nursing duties for soldiers on the front lines. As a humanitarian, she also introduced the country to the Red Cross, which is one of the most important humanitarian and disaster aid organizations in the world. After graduating, two schoolmates, Charles and Mary Norton, invited her to live with their family in. She became increasingly skilled at obtaining and passing out supplies. There she met officials of the recently organized International Red Cross, a group that worked to help victims of war.
At the beginning of the war, men with war injuries were sent to the city following the Baltimore Riot of 1861. The soldiers often called her the Angel of the Battlefield. She was the youngest child of Stephen Barton, a farmer and state law maker who had served in the American Revolution 177583 , and his wife, Sarah. At the Battle of Cedar Mountain and a number of additional battles, Barton, who was not a formally trained nurse, was able to provide additional care and comfort to the wounded and dying as a result, her own life was often at risk. In return her brother taught her skills that young women did not usually learn, such as carpentry.
Her understanding of the ways she could provide help to people in distress guided her throughout her life. Anthony, and was friendly with many nineteenth century African-American leaders, including educator Elizabeth Hyde Botume and Frederick Douglas. Pre-Civil War Clara Barton was born in Massachusetts in 1821. A Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War. Since then, the American Red Cross has helped people recover from all sorts of disasters from floods to fires to earthquakes.
She founded the American Red Cross in 1881, at age 59, and led it for the next 23 years. Her understanding of the needs of people in distress and the ways in which she could provide help to them guided her throughout her life. When these episodes occurred, her voice gave out, her eyesight faltered and she took to bed, contemplating suicide. In 1862 she was permitted to travel to places where the fighting was taking place. The American Red Cross While traveling overseas Clara learned of an organization called the International Red Cross. Her two elder brothers were Stephen and David. In 1850 she left to teach at Bordentown, New Jersey.
However, her courage and concern for people made her presence strongly felt everywhere she went. In 1882 she traveled as a Red Cross worker to assist victims of fires in Michigan and earthquake victims in Charleston, South Carolina. Her mother suggested that she put her gifts to work by becoming a teacher. After her school received an for , Barton received many job offers. Clara Barton was one of the most prominent medical volunteers in the Civil War and helped revolutionize battlefield medicine well after it ended. Thus, at age fifty-six she began a new career.