Famous Speech Friday: Clara Barton's Andersonville testimony
The Eloquent Woman
MAY 6, 2011
But the war brought something out in her--something that led her to a speaking role unlike that of most women of her day. Ignoring orders directing women nurses to stay safely in Washington, Barton.showed up on the field at nearly every major engagement in the eastern theater, beginning with the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862. The American Red Cross biography of its founder takes her speaking as a matter of course: Barton had a talent for words.