Clara Barton in the Civil War: Facts, Timeline & History


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What was Clara Barton's primary job before the start of the Civil War?

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1. Where did Clara Barton work at the start of the Civil War?

2. At which battlefield is there a monument dedicated to Clara Barton's memory?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Clara Barton devoted her life to serving others, and during the Civil War, she collected supplies and brought them to the front lines where field hospitals were desperate for help to care for the wounded. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand Barton's service during the war and after, when she worked to identify the dead and missing for thousands of grieving families, before going on to launch the American Red Cross in 1881.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Background and experiences of Clara Barton
  • Barton's service as a battlefield nurse
  • The Battle of Antietam
  • Barton's post-war work for soldiers
  • Her international relief work

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the information you've gained regarding Clara Barton's life of public service
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Clara Barton to answer questions about her battlefield role during the Civil War
  • Making connections - examine how Clara Barton's work opened doors to new opportunities for women

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Clara Barton and her Civil War service. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Barton's efforts to support troops during the Civil War
  • Know the scope of the suffering and destruction that resulted from the Civil War
  • Understand the significance of the Andersonville National Cemetery
  • Know the events surrounding the founding of the American Red Cross
  • Understand Barton as a role model for 19th century women