The primary source I choose is a letter from Clara Barton who is the founder of the American Red Cross to Henry Wilson who was a senator. Letters written during the civil war usually included instructions for sending relief supplies and detailed observations in which it illustrated Clara Barton’s life in the trenches with the soldiers. Just like it is mention in this letter “You are no stranger to the manner in which most of my time is spent, and as often and fearfully as I watch the spirits of brave men go out amid the thunder and carnage of battle, you will not think it strange that any recommendation or movement which has for its object the alleviation of the terrible suffering at the battle field should attract all my attention, and call forth my plea, however earnest or however feeble.” Here she explains what she sees the solders go through. This primary source is important because it demonstrates what is going on during the civil war in the view of a women and someone who is not fighting in the war. It gives us a different view of what went down during the civil war.
This primary source is important because we get an insight of how life was like during the civil war for a woman. Not only in this letter but in many of the letters Clara Barton’s wrote. In other of her letters it talks about her travels, speaking engagements, and charity work, her life in Dansville, and her work as the superintended of the Reformatory Prison for Women in Southfarmington, Mass. Letters like these are historically significant because we are able to relate to them, get more insight of what happen during this time, and most important it’s a form of evidence. For example a letter from Clara Barton to her cousin Jerry details her breakdown in London, her views on the Stanley and Livingston affair, and her activities in France.
Melisa Jurado HIS 275