Clara barton was the youngest of five children in a massachusetts farming family she was ten years younger than the next youngest sibling as a child clara barton heard stories of wartime from her father and for two years she nursed her brother david through a long illness. Legendary american civil war era nurse clara barton was extraordinary in many ways not only was she an important nurse in the us civil war she also played a key role in bringing the red cross to america here matt goolsby follows his first nurses in war article on cornelia hancock availabl. Clara barton was born on december 25 1821 in oxford massachusetts she became a teacher worked in the us patent office and was an independent nurse during the civil war. Doctors demanded male nurses during the civil war clara barton defied them the extraordinary woman known as the angel of the battlefield eventually founded the red cross
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