Arriving at the northern edge of the infamous "Cornfield" at about noon, Clara Barton watched as harried surgeons dressed the soldiers' wounds with cornhusks. Army medical supplies were far behind the fast-moving troops at Antietam Battlefield. Miss Barton handed over to grateful surgeons a wagonload of bandages and other medical supplies that she had personally collected over the past year. Then Miss Barton got down to work. As bullets whizzed overhead and artillery boomed in the distance, Miss Barton cradled the heads of suffering soldiers, prepared food for them in a local farmhouse, and brought water to the wounded men.
Throughout her life, Clara Barton led by example. In an era when travel was arduous, and many men and almost all women stayed close to home, Miss Barton traveled far and wide looking for new challenges. Miss Barton began her most enduring work, the establishment of the American Red Cross. A reluctant U.S. government could not imagine the country ever again being involved in armed conflict after the Civil War. Finally, by 1881 at age 60, she persuaded the government to recognize the Red Cross to provide aid for natural disasters.
"What could I do but go with them [Civil War soldiers], or work for them and my country? The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins."
This is the perfect day dress, Ms. Barton would have worn during the Civil War as she nursed soldiers during such civil unrest.
Includes: Long Dress, Bonnet and Apron.
***NOTE - Fabric Shades may vary
Our Clara Barton Civil War Nurse Costume is a American Heritage Exclusive Costume. Made with pride in the USA.