Angel of the Battlefield: Known to Wear a Dress and Apron

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Clara Barton first tasted nursing at age 11 when she helped her brother recover after a fall. She learned how to use leeches, a medical technique of the time, to heal him. This was one of my most interesting and fun artifacts. At first I wasn't sure on how to create a leech but I got several ideas. I ended up buying some gummy worms and food coloring.

Women were not allowed on the battlefield during war. Clara was required to have a pass from an officer or even the president to go reach out and help the wounded men of the Civil War. I dated the document as when Barton actually was given permission to first go to the battlefield by Colonel Pucker. Then, I signed it as the colonel for authenticity.

To be properly and appropriately clothed, Barton wore a dress even on the battlefield as it was disrespectful to wear anything less. The ~’Angel of the Battlefield" was known to wear a dress and apron. This artifact explains how Clara Barton was dressed most of the time.

Miss Barton was given the task of finding and identifying missing soldiers, prisoners of war, and also dead men. She'd write to family members of these heroes to tell of her findings. In this artifact, the letter is written from Clara Barton to ask people if they have seen any soldiers.

One of Miss Barton's later accomplishments was that of helping come up with the original first aid kits. This small and accessible tool forever changed the practice of nursing. It has a variety of helpful things in the case of an emergency. The First Aid Kit has developed over the years and has contributed to getting aid quickly.

The amethyst pansy brooch and smoky topaz brooch presented to Miss Barton by her dear friend, the Grand Duchess Louise, became her most cherished possessions. Clara Barton wore this brooch everywhere she went. It was one of her most valued possessions as well.

“A Memory of Salferino,” by Harry Dunant was one of her favorite books to read in free time....
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