Talking with Clara
The Union Talk reporters sit down with renowned field nurse Clara Barton, to discuss opportunities, hardships and inspirations for her wonderful service to our soldiers.
Reporter: Good afternoon Mrs. Barton, How was your trip?
Barton: Oh, Please Clara is fine, and it was wonderful, I’m quite used to traveling these days. R: That’s lovely. Well, if you don’t mind I’d like to get right to the questions, I’m sure our readers are dying to hear what you have to say. B: Yes, let’s get down to business.
R: How are you seen by the soldiers, being a woman on the battlefield? B: Well I do believe that everyone was a bit shocked at first, including myself. However, after the men saw that I was just there to care for them just like they would be at home, I think they were grateful to have me around. R: When quartermaster Daniel Rucker first allowed you to help at the front lines, were you afraid for yourself at all? B: Was I scared for myself? No, I was scared for the soldiers who must be at those front lines every day and face those conditions. R: Would you feel comfortable giving our readers and insight into the conditions at the front, and maybe what they can do to help improve them? B: Yes, the conditions are deplorable. Clothing and food, as well as ammunition run short constantly and the troops are suffering the consequences, but what amazes me most is that despite the squalor they are placed in, they still have great spirits and high hopes. At my last station I got the pleasure of joining in a game of Rounders with the men, it made my heart soar to see them playing like school boys. Anyone to wants to help the troops can get in touch with any local ladies organization, these groups gather clothing food and supplies to deliver to the troops. R: That is wonderful that despite the hardship, that their spirits are still high. B: yes, it truly is.
R: Can you tell us what your worst experience on the battlefield was and why? B: There was a...
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