About Me:


Name: Clarissa (Clara) Barton

Sex: Female

Birth Date: December 25, 1821

Hometown: Oxford, Massachusetts, U.S.

Relationship Status: Single

Networks: American Red Cross

Religious Views: Deist-Unitarian

Occupation: Teacher, Nurse, Humanitarian, and Founder and the first President of the American Red Cross

E-Mail: chbarton@yeoldgmail.com

Interests: Saving people’s lives, teaching people.


-Favorite food: Chicken Salad

-Favorite color: Red

-Favorite Quotes: ~ “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them." ~ “I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.” ~ “I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man's work for less than a man's pay.” ~

Fun Facts: I love animals and I am a vegetarian. I also never married and never had children. Although I didn’t have any to call my own, I had nieces and nephews whom I absolutely positively adored!

Status Updates:

What are you doing right now?

1860: After Abraham Lincoln got elected president, I went back to work for the government. I now work in the U.S. Patent office as a copyist. Again. POSTED A WEEK AGO.

November 1860: Yay! Abraham Lincoln is elected President! I heard that he got 40% of the popular vote and he won 59% of the electoral votes. It’s such a shame that he wasn’t even on the ballot in the deep South. POSTED 6 MONTHS AGO

1859: At Harper’s Ferry, Robert E. Lee and a man named JEB Stuart are planning an attack in John Brown and his raiders at 6:30 a.m. JEB Stuart will signal a Marine Lt. by the name of Israel Green who will storm into a firehouse and grab the raiders and their hostages. I think that they will get all of the raiders but 5. The ones who are left will be either caught or killed. POSTED A YEAR AGO.

1858: Minnesota joins as a state. It seems to me that whenever a new state is added, there are always comments about it debating whether it should be a slave state or a free state. But it’s a good thing that it entered as a free state; there’s been some talk of starting a war… POSTED 2 YEARS AGO.

March 1857: Ugh, this is so stupid! I can't believe that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Scott v. Sandford. They said that blacks aren’t U.S. citizens, wheter they are slaves or if they are free. POSTED 3 YEARS AGO.

1857: Well, congress passed the Tariff of 1857. This lowered the rates to the lowest level they’ve been at since the year 1812, which was 20%. This is enormously praised and liked in the South, but looked down upon in the North. POSTED 3 YEARS AGO.

1857: I’m so excited! I got to go home! I have finally returned to Massachusetts! I can't wait to see everyone; it’s been forever since I’ve been home. POSTED MORE THAN 3 YEARS AGO.

May 1856: In my hometown, a senator named Charles Sumner delivered a speech that talked bad about people who supported slavery in the Senate. There was one man that he specifically talked about and that was Senator Andrew Butler who was from South Carolina. Just a few days after that, a South Carolina representative named Preston who was Butler’s nephew, he attacked Sumner on the Senate floor with a cane. The house didn’t hold Brooks for the attack, but Sumner took three years to recover from the beating. POSTED 4 YEARS AGO.

1855: To influence the election, many of Boarder Ruffians that come from Missouri, arrive in Kansas. This action started the Bloody Kansas period. It includes duplicate constitutional conventions and separate elections. There is also many violent attacks that are happening very frequently. POSTED 5 YEARS AGO.

1855: I was just informed that the government is opposed to women working in the offices that have to do with our country. I just got downgraded to a copyist. I feel that this is so unfair; we are all created the same! Why should we be treated differently just because we’re women? POSTED MORE THAN 5 YEARS AGO.

Photo Album

Here, I sit, thinking of all the things I could be doing to serve my country faithfully.
Wounded people cry out to me for help, and like a caring mother to a sobbing child, I search for the voice in need.

I really do think that doing things for others rather than yourselves for a change, can really have an affect on who you become in the future. I mean who knows... The things I do now, could affect millions in the future, even after I'm gone.

In my personal opinion, I don't think that there would have been better a time to do what I did. Starting the American Red Cross during the war has benefitted so many others as well as myself.

Sometimes I wonder if getting my headstone before I died was a bad idea, but looking at what it says, I can think of all the people who will pass by it and remember the good things about me as well as the flaws that made me human.
Having this in my memory really means a lot to me, I feel so proud of what I have to offer. And the quote reads... "It must never be forgotten that Dansville was the fitst child of the American Red Cross."

I feel that looking at this can always remind me of my childhood. Whether they were good or bad memories, I feel that they have impacted me a huge amount by influencing me that selfishness isn't always the answer.

Here, I PROUDLY wear the symbols of the thing that has benefited the war in such a way that it will influence our nation. The American Red Cross, is on your side to help you when you are down, especially in the bad times.

A page from my journal. It was written at 2 AM on a Sunday and a Monday. I feel that I have a lot to express and inform, so this is where I do all my deep thinking about what is going on with the war in the States

As the caption above reads, this is a portrait of me in the year I organized the American Red Cross. I found this in one of the local papers I was reading, so I felt the need to share it. It's nice to be noticed.

"Angel of the Battlefield" That's what they called me. I don't think that name suits me to the T, but I never turn the other cheek when it comes to the suffering of the men who are sacfrficing their lives.

This is just one of the logos for the American Red Cross. I feel that the message needs to be spread more. If you are in bad shape, we'll fix you up, here at the American Red Cross!
This is Ellen Dougherty. She was one of the very first trained nurses in the world. And, I only hire the best here at the American Red Cross. Having her there made everything run so smoothly.

This is the start of a whole new era of nursing. This is where the American Red Cross stared its life of preserving the lives of others.

I stare into space, thinking about the wellfare of my fallen soldiers.

Looking at this, it reminds me of all the support people gave to all of the soldiers who gave thier all to the battlefield.

A quote from here: "I was strong- and I thought to go to the rescue of the men who fell- But I struggled long and hard with my sense of propriety- with the appalling fact- that I was only a woman" Overcoming that fact, I was on top of the world.
Inside the American Red Cross, there is always work to be done, people to help, and others to be cured.

In my honor they mentioned me here. That day was the most brutal day that I had witnesses of injured people.

In my younger years, I was quite the looker. I used to be a teacher when this picture was taken. Contemplating my career decisions then, it seems right now to have started the Red Cross.

These were some of the wounded soldiers that I helped revive from the battles in the "Wilderness".

Fredericksburg, Virgina, Wounded Indians from the Wilderness on Mayre's Heights I treated.

In this picture, here are some of the Union men that i have treated and are in their best condition to fight. They were from Culpeper, Virgina. Officers of the 80th New York Infantry, Provost Guard

I post this in memory of my brother. His name was Stephen Barton. I can still remember the advice he gave me. I feel that the things he said to me have sunk in to the ways in which I encourage people today to just persevere for the better.
This is my Mother Sarah Barton. I think that she taught me the values of never giving up and this helps me now by never giving up on someone who needs my help.

This is my sister Sally Barton. I feel that she was supportive 100% of what I wanted to do to help the troops.She also provided food for all the Union troops as well as sticking with me through thick and thin.

This is my brother. His name was Captain David Barton. He servedas an Assistant Quartermaster for the Union army during the War.

Captain Stephen Barton, my dearest father. I feel that he had the most impact in my life because he taught me to never give up even if times are grim. I feel that this value comes in handy now because what I see out there on the battlefield is really gut-wrenching and I feel that the only way to patch people up is to look past the bruises, cuts, and major scrapes to heal and help people.

The injured people came in masses, and it was sister and I's duty help them out. I just can'y help looking at them all helpless. Wounded soldiers in an improvised Union hospital during the War

This is where I healed most of the people in the Union. Soldiers injured in battle, Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, May 1864.


Note 1

Slavery is best defined as bondage, or the state of being under the control of another person. A slave is defined as a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them. Why this I mention it now is because I believe that slavery had an impact on the Civil War.

Some of the states that were in the North, did not agree with slavery, and it started because it was fast, efficient, and smart to use for some people. I mean, why force someone to do what you can do even more easily?

I think that even though it was a simple thing to just have someone do your work for you. To me, I get things done faster, easier and better when I do them myself. I say this because I think of the saying “If you want to get something done, you have to do it yourself.” What this means to me is that if you really wanted to get something done, and you keep passing it off to complete strangers who aren’t doing what you want to your standards, or doing it in any way right at all, then just do it yourself.

For me, personally I would never stoop so low as to have someone do my dirty work for me. I think it looks bad on my part because it makes me look incompetent, and like I can't do anything like everyone else.

But, one person can't do anything about it, so I guess that’s why we are having this war; because one person can't do it on their own. We needed a lot more people on our side, and we needed determination to help stop the epidemic of people just being completely useless! In my eyes, its like if you have the energy to go and find one of your slaves after they escaped to beat them then that means that 1) your security isn’t good and 2) you could have put all the effort of finding that slave and beating him to actually do the work that needs to be DONE!

Slavery wasn’t just in the South; they had it in the North at some point too. They used to have slavery in my hometown. It used to be the first slave holding state in New England. This was well over 200 years ago, but I think that it should still have an impact on who we became as a state those 200 years ago. Anyway, of course if there is slavery, there is always going to be someone who wants to escape. The ones that did escape could have maybe gotten 9 weeks of freedom at the max. I say at the max because their slave owners used to get hounds on the slaves to search them out. After they found the slaves by using dogs, the slave masters used to bring them back to the plantation and beat them or whip them! As far as I know, they still do this now!

One thing that I do know is that once slaves are free, they are running through the nights and hiding throughout the days. I heard that they used to come to the free states looking like skeletons. The slaves always used to find whatever fruits they could so that they could survive to freedom.

But I think that once the Fugitive Slave Act came into play, the slaves who escaped were much more careful than they would used to be. The slaves had to be careful of who they got help from and where they federal marshals were at the time of escaping. I say this because whenever a federal marshal didn’t turn a runaway slave in, they had to pay a fine. That went the same for anyone who housed a runaway. They also had to get sent to jail as a penalty as well.

This is just my opinion and I think that if we didn’t have slavery we wouldn’t be in the position we are now, even though it’s not the whole reason why the war started. Although it took a huge toll in the lives of many, it’s being fought for a good reason, even if it isn’t the main component.

All in all, these are my opinions on how slavery had an impact on the war.

Note 2

I believe that three are a lot of things that led to the civil war, but what happened after that, was a lot more important as to the different events that happened. I think that they influenced each of the events that followed that one event that happened.

In January of 1865, confederate General Robert E. Lee, becomes general-in-chief.

In February of 1865, the state of Tennessee adopted a new constitution that abolishes slavery, but before that in a different state, people of Delaware reject the 13th amendment. They continue to practice slavery until it was ratified in 1901.

March of 1865 the confederacy reluctantly accepted to use African American troops. The Battle of Bentonville begins and by the end of the two-day battle, the confederate forces have retreated from North Carolina.

Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th President of the United States in April. But before one day before that, John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln; he died the next day. I think that this is an important thing that happened after 1865 because if this didn’t happen, then he wouldn’t have been remembered the way he was by the people of our country.

On Thursday, May 4, 1865 Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield, Illinois only 3 weeks after his assassination. The next day in Ohio, the United States first train robbery takes place. A few weeks after the first train robbery, 300 people are killed due to the fact that an ordnance depot exploded. I think that this happened because of the train robbery. If that didn’t happen, then the string of deaths and crimes wouldn’t have occurred because of one bad thought by someone who was greedy.

June of 1865 consisted of forces on the confederate side under General Edmund Kirby became the last to surrender at Galveston, Texas. Then, near 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in the same place are informed of their freedom on Monday, June 19, 1865. The anniversary is unofficially celebrated as “Juneteenth”. Another thing is that General Stand Watie surrender the last important rebel army. To me, I think that Juneteenth should be celebrated because it is an important thing and event to a lot of people and maybe in the future it would become a national holiday, but a woman can only hope.

Later, in July, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is published and 4 people who were involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln were hung. Also, in Springfield, Missouri, a man named Wild Bill Hickok shoots Dave Tutt dead, and that was regarded the first true western showdown. In my opinion, the people who killed Abraham Lincoln shouldn’t be hung; they should be tortured because they did a serious thing! Who would want to kill the man that only wanted the best for our nation?

It was quiet until October, when the Morant Bay Rebellion started in Jamaica.

Later in December, the 13th amendment was ratified. That amendment banned slavery. Then slavery is abolished in the United States. I think that the day slavery was abolished was a great day for everyone. But, not everyone has as pure a heart as the people who want the best. Several bitter US Civil War Confederate veterans formed the Ku Klux Klan (The KKK). The people who are with the KKK, to me are just resentful that they didn’t win, and instead of living it up, they are just focused on getting their revenge by hating black people, and they let them fight in their side, so I think that its just a silly petty grudge, in which their logic makes no sense to me.

Note 3

People say that we fought the Revolutionary War for taxes, but I say something else. I think that it is because the colonies wanted to break free from England’s grasp and become the United States.

I feel that since there were so many acts involved before the Revolution that they in some way have affected the common sense of the people to have fought the war.

First there was the Boston Tea Party, and that was when there were a group of colonists who were dressed as Indians with tomahawks went aboard a British ship to dump out all the tea that were in 342 chests into the Boston Harbor. This happened because the British put a tax on tea. This outraged a lot of people and this soon lead to the outbreak of the war. But it started because of the British Parliament who put a high tax on tea. Since ships of it came out to Boston continuously, there were a lot of taxes on the tea. Some of the colonists had a meeting with the Governor, whose name was Thomas Hutchinson, to send back the ships to stop the importation. But he denied it and that’s what led the group of colonists to do that they did.

Another example of loosening the grasp that Great Brittan had on the colonies was The Boston Massacre. But the Boston Massacre was not what you think it was. What it was, was a mob from Boston and a force of British soldiers. This happened on March 5, 1770. It was only called a massacre because a few colonists were killed, and a few others were injured or wounded. The person that can best tell the story is Paul Revere. Here are his words: “Twenty-one days before, on the night of March 5,1770, five men had been shot to death in Boston by British soldiers participating in the event known as the Boston Massacre. A mob of men and boys taunted a sentry guard standing outside of the city's costume house. When other British soldiers came to the sentry's support, a free for all ensued and shots were fired into the crowd. Four died on the spot and a fifth died 4 days later. Capt. Preston and six of his men were arrested for murder, but later were acquitted through the efforts of attorneys Robert Auchmuty, John Adams, and Josiah Quincy who took their defense to ensure a fair trial. Later two other soldiers were found guilty of manslaughter.” This was another reason as to why the Revolutionary War was fought.

This relates back to my topic because they just didn’t want to lift the taxes, they wanted to make Great Brittan feel as though they were in power. They wanted to have the upper hand for once. They needed to let the grip go of the hand that was grasping the colonies. The colonists didn’t just want the taxes to be lifted, they wanted their freedom handed back with it. And the masterminds behind the schemes and battles were the ones to thank to have done what was right for the colonies, and each person’s individualism.

All in all, these are the ideals that I think that the Revolutionary War was fought.


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Paul Revere