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Growing up, Clara stayed close to her sister Sarah Barton Vassall (1811-1874) who was also a school teacher. One of Clara’s brothers, Captain David Barton (1808-1888) served as an Assistant Quartermaster for the Union army during the Civil War. He taught Clara to ride horses, and he became Clara's first patient after suffering a severe injury in a farm accident at a young age. Her oldest brother, Stephen Barton (1806-1865), was a businessman in Oxford and Bartonsville, North Carolina. Stephen taught Clara math while she was yet a little girl.
Her efforts affected the building of 32 institutions in the United States. In 1861, when the Civil War broke out she provided her services and eventually was named superintendent of United States Army Nurses. She was accountable for setting up field hospitals, first-aid stations, drafting nurses, managing supplies, and managing training programs. Although she was very effective and concentrated, many people thought she didn't have the social skills necessary to navigate the militaries bureaucracy. Yet she stayed after the war, helping to track missing soldiers, write letters to families, and help soldiers secure their pensions.
Clara Barton Clara Barton was born on December 25th, 1821 in North Oxford, Massachusetts. She was the youngest of five children and at the young age of 11, Clara found her calling. Her brother suffered an accident and it was Clara who helped nurse him back to health. However, because of her shyness as a child, Clara struggled in school and it was recommended by a phrenologist that she become a teacher to overcome her issues of shyness. In May of 1838, Clara began her career as a teacher.