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Clara Barton

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BC: This plaque is located in Washington D.C.laid into the sidewalks in an area just adjacent to the White House. The markers form a one mile walking path through an area bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue, 15th Street, G Street, and 11th Street, NW.

FC: Clara Barton

1: An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness. -Clarissa Barton

3: On December 25, 1821, Clarissa Harlowe Barton(Clara Barton), was born, in Oxford, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of five children.

4: Since Clara was a young child, her dream was to help others. When her brother got in an accident in 1833, she knew helping others was her passion. | At the age of 15 Clara became a teacher because teaching was another way of helping others.

6: After several years of teaching, in 1853 Clara moved to Bordentown, New Jersey to start her own school.

8: In 1854 Clara left New Jersey to find warmer climate in Washington D.C. There she got employed at the Patent Office as a clerk where she worked there until 1857.

9: After spending a few years back home, Clara moved back to D.C. and was one of the first volunteers at Washington Infirmary.

10: In late 1861 Clara left the hospital to attend on the battlefield. She was so great at what she did on the battlefield she was nicknamed "The Angle On The Battlefield."

12: In 1863 Clara traveled the coastal regions around Charleston, SC with the Union.

13: At the Morris Island Campaign, she got ill and evacuated to Hilton Head Island.

15: After spending a couple years in Hilton Head Island, Clara went back to to the north. When she got back north, Lincoln made her General Correspondent for the Friends of Paroled Prisoners.

16: After four years of being the general correspondent for the friends of paroled prisoners, Clara traveled to Geneva, Switzerland as a member of the international red cross.

18: After traveling to different places and being more affiliated with the International Red Cross, she decided to start the American Red Cross in 1880.

19: In 1889, Clara Barton helped with relief efforts during the Johnstown flood. After the flood she was praised from press for her relief efforts, but also critized for not keeping track of expenditures.

20: Clara worked as the American Red Cross president for 24 years. After retiring from that, she worked in the American Red Cross head quarters and she became a lecturer. Clara talked about her experiences on and off the battlefield.

23: In 1907, Clara published her book titled "The Story of My Childhood."

25: Clarissa Harlowe Barton died on April 12, 1912 in Glen Echo, Maryland at her home. She died at the age of 91.

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