Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
"I have been permitted to stand by your loved ones when the trial hour came..."
For some, service to their country ended with the Civil War. For Clara Barton, this was the beginning. Barton, a forty year old teacher, patent clerk and patriot, was frustrated by reports of inadequate relief supplies at battlefields. She gathered needed items and transported them to the front.
At Antietam, Miss Barton followed the sound of artillery and arrived on this part of the battlefield. She delivered bandages and lanterns to field hospitals. Clara Barton and her staff of thirty men prepared gruel (meal mixed with warm water) which they carried out to feed the wounded and dying where they fell. She worked here for three days, providing whatever assistance she could. This is just one of the many battlefields on which Miss Barton worked.
After the war, Barton established the Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army, an organization which located the graves of missing U.S. soldiers. She established the American Association of the International Red Cross in 1881, adding civilian disaster relief to its mandate of providing neutral assistance during war, and in 1904, Clara Barton established the American First Aid Association.
Erected 2009 by Antietam National Battlefield
Location. 39° 29.333′ N, 77° 44.84′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Mansfield Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the pull off for stop two on the driving tour of Antietam Battlefield, the Poffenberger Farm. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Clara Barton (here, next to this marker); 7th Regiment Pennsylvania (a few steps from this marker); The Culmination of Another Great Tragedy was at Hand (within shouting distance of this marker); 4th Regiment Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Corps, 3rd Division, 2nd Brigade Bivouac (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Army Corps (about 400 feet away); 3rd Regt. Pennsylvania (about 400 feet away); Meade's Division, First Army Corps (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Meade's Division, First Army Corps (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named First Army Corps (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
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Also see . . .
1. Antietam Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on July 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled "God has indeed remembered us." (Submitted on September 21, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Science & Medicine • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 864 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on October 25, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 4. submitted on July 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 25, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.