Clara Barton is a lady that should stand out in history as one of the most honored women in American History. She was brave enough to teach when teaching was a male dominated roll and was also the first woman to be employed by the federal government. Her roll in the civil war of taking supplies to the soldiers in the field took more than bravery. This roll may have been what helped her to establish the American Red Cross in 1881. For 23 years she would care for those in need and establish a new field of volunteer service.
Clara Barton worked at the U.S. patent office when the civil war began. War brings along disorganization and a moment of craziness but Barton wanted to bring quick assistance to the men in need. Many of the men were hungry, some were wounded, and some were in need of bedding and clothing. Clara was surprised by the number of boy soldiers and some of which she had even taught. Clara and a group of women provided clothing, food and supplies to the sick. Some she gathered herself and others she appealed to the public for help. While she worked behind the scenes she eventually took supplies to the battle field hospitals as well. She earned the name of "Angel of the Battlefield"
Clara Barton visited Europe in 1869and was introduced to a field of service through the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland. The international red cross mission is to protect the sick and wounded during wartime without respect to nationality and also to give aide during neutral times as well. Barton would bring this idea to form an American Red Cross.