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The Resource A woman of valor : Clara Barton and the Civil War, Stephen B. Oates

A woman of valor : Clara Barton and the Civil War, Stephen B. Oates

Label
A woman of valor : Clara Barton and the Civil War
Title
A woman of valor
Title remainder
Clara Barton and the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Stephen B. Oates
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When the Civil War broke out, Clara Barton wanted more than anything to be a Union soldier, an impossible dream for a thirty-nine-year-old woman, who stood a slender five feet tall. Determined to serve, she became a veritable soldier, a nurse, and a one-woman relief agency operating in the heart of the conflict. Now, award-winning author Stephen B. Oates, drawing on archival materials not used by her previous biographers, has written the first complete account of Clara Barton's active engagement in the Civil War. By the summer of 1862, with no institutional affiliation or official government appointment, but impelled by a sense of duty and a need to heal, she made her way to the front lines and the heat of battle. Oates tells the dramatic story of this woman who gave the world a new definition of courage, supplying medical relief to the wounded at some of the most famous battles of the war -- including Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Battery Wagner, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Petersburg. Under fire with only her will as a shield, she worked while ankle deep in gore, in hellish makeshift battlefield hospitals -- a bullet-riddled farmhouse, a crumbling mansion, a windblown tent. Committed to healing soldiers' spirits as well as their bodies, she served not only as nurse and relief worker, but as surrogate mother, sister, wife, or sweetheart to thousands of sick, wounded, and dying men. Her contribution to the Union was incalculable and unique. It also became the defining event in Barton's life, giving her the opportunity as a woman to reach out for a new role and to define a new profession. Nursing, regarded as a menial service before the war, became a trained, paid occupation after the conflict. Although Barton went on to become the founder and first president of the Red Cross, the accomplishment for which she is best known, A Woman of Valor convinces us that her experience on the killing fields of the Civil War was her most extraordinary achievement. Drawing on archival material, Oates renders Clara Barton's wartime experience as one no else can do. Though Barton's personal exploits as a nurse have been obscured by the legacy of the Red Cross, Oates persuades readers that her experience on the killing fields of the Civil War was her most extraordinary achievement. Photos. Map
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Oates, Stephen B
Dewey number
973.7/75
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HV569.B3
LC item number
O3 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Barton, Clara
  • Barton, Clara
  • Barton, Clara
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • United States
  • Nurses
  • Medical care
  • Nurses
  • United States
Label
A woman of valor : Clara Barton and the Civil War, Stephen B. Oates
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-511) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Search -- The Field -- Hilton Head and Battery Wagner -- The Wilderness -- Before Richmond -- Andersonville -- The Trial -- The Circuit
Control code
ocm32875900
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 527 pages
Isbn
9780028740126
Lccn
93038830
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o32875900
  • (OCoLC)32875900
Label
A woman of valor : Clara Barton and the Civil War, Stephen B. Oates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-511) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Search -- The Field -- Hilton Head and Battery Wagner -- The Wilderness -- Before Richmond -- Andersonville -- The Trial -- The Circuit
Control code
ocm32875900
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 527 pages
Isbn
9780028740126
Lccn
93038830
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o32875900
  • (OCoLC)32875900

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