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IT MADE NO DIFFERENCE IF I WAS SHOT

AMERICAN RED CROSS FOUNDED 135 YEARS AGO


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred and thirty-five years ago, May 21, 1881, Clara Barton* founded the American National Red Cross at her apartment on I Street here in the Nation’s Capital.  The first local society of the ARC was organized in Dansville, New York in 1882.


The American Red Cross joined the International Red Cross in providing humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters.


Miss Barton, a nurse during the Civil War, earned the nickname “Angel of the Battlefield.”  She cared for wounded Union soldiers in many battles including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Charleston, Petersburg and Cold Harbor.


Clara Barton said…


“I always tried…to succor the wounded until medical aid and supplies could come up.  I could run the risk.  It made no difference to anyone if I were shot or taken prisoner.”


In addition to her service in the Civil War, she was assigned the duty by President Abraham Lincoln of helping to identify the Union dead at Andersonville.**


Clara Barton was also the first president of the American Red Cross.


*Clarissa Harlowe Barton (1821-1912) was born in North Oxford, Massachusetts.  She earned a teaching certificate at the age of 17 in 1939 & taught in Canada & West Georgia.


CHB attended Clinton Liberal Institute in New York & moved to Washington, DC. in 1855.  She was one of the first women employed by the Federal Government working as a recording clerk in the US Patent Office.After serving as a nurse in the Civil War, she led the American Red Cross for 23 years.

SOURCE


“Founder Clara Barton,” www.redcross.org/

RED CROSS FOUNDED BY CLARA BARTON

May 21, 2013


RED CROSS FOUNDED BY CLARA BARTON 132 YEARS AGO TODAY


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Clara Barton* founded the American National Red Cross 132 years ago today, May 21, 1881 here in the Nation’s Capital.


The first meeting of the organization took place at Miss Barton’s apartment located on I Street and the first chapter was established in Danville, New York on August 22, 1882.


According to the ARC website, Clara Barton first learned about “the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe” following the Civil War.

 

Clara Barton, who had served as a nurse during that war, earned the nickname “Angel of the Battlefield.”

 


                          Clara Barton

        Saint Petersburg, Russia (1902)

    Clara Barton National Historic Site 


*Clarissa Harlowe Barton (1821-1912) was born in North Oxford, Massachusetts.  She began teaching in 1838 and studied at the Clinton Liberal Institute in New York.


Miss Barton opened a free school in New Jersey and later became a clerk in the US Patent Office in Washington, D.C.


Serving on the front lines as a nurse in the Civil War, she was put in charge of hospitals of the Union Army of the James.


Clara Barton died at the age of 90 in Glen Echo, Maryland.


The American Red Cross** joined the International Red Cross in providing humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters.


**The ARC’s 1st relief effort was in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1881 in Michigan.  In 1889, the ARC again provided assistance in the Johnston Flood of Pennsylvania.


The ARC is headquartered at 430 17th Street in Washington, D.C. The HQ building became a National Landmark in 1965.


The current ARC president and CEO is Gail J. McGovern.  In 2010, the ARC budget was $3.5 billion.

 


                American Red Cross HQs

               Washington, D.C. (2008)

                            Photo by

                AgnosticPreachersKid

                     at en.wikipedia


In addition to her service in the Civil War, she was assigned by President Abraham Lincoln the difficult task of identifying  Union dead at ANDERSONVILLE PRISON CAMP in Georgia.


Clara Barton, who became the 1st President of the American National Red Cross, resigned from the organization in 1904.


JFK+50 NOTE


JFK’s sister, Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy, began volunteering for the Red Cross in 1940.  


According to the JFK Library, she planned benefit luncheons and fashion shows for the Allied Relief Fund to aid British seamen disabled by the war.  


She later volunteered to serve the Red Cross in London.




                   Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy

             American Red Cross Volunteer

                           London (1943)

                      JFK Library Photo

 

 

JFK+50 COMMENT


Our thoughts and prayers go out today to the people of Oklahoma City who were hit by a devastating tornado yesterday.  We also acknowledge appreciation to the first responders, and to the work of all relief agencies including the American Red Cross who are involved providing assistance in this disaster.

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