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    • Andrew W Morse

      Clara Barton, Civil War nurse, founder of the American Red Cross. Barton refused to take a salary from the government's treasury and dedicated herself aiding soldiers on the front. Initially, military & civil officials refused her help. Never had women been allowed in hospitals, camps or battlefields. Eventually, she gained their trust & began receiving supplies from all over the country. As a result of her untiring work, she became known as the "Angel of the Battlefield"

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