DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Clara Barton’s Red Cross Ambulance, 1898:
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This ambulance is one of eleven vehicles purchased in 1898 by the Central Cuban Relief Committee of New York for use by Clara Barton and the American National Red Cross. The committee sent the ambulance to Camp Thomas at Chickamauga, Georgia, before the outbreak of the Spanish-American War that year. There the Red Cross helped care for U.S. Army soldiers called to Cuba.
As the founding director of the American Red Cross, Barton later used the vehicle at he Glen Echo, Maryland, home that functioned as Red Cross headquarters, storehouse, and distribution point for stockpiles of blankets, clothing, and emergency medical equipment.
The Woman Who Hated War:
From the bloody Civil War fields of Antietam, Maryland to the civilian refugee camps of Cuba, Clara Barton (1821-1912) personified the humanitarian objectives of American War relief. In this difficult job, she was not always welcomed by battle commanders. Working as closely as possible to the soldiers on the front lines of combat, Barton and the Red Cross sometimes shared a semiofficial existence between the bullet and the battlefield.
Riding to the front, Barton found no glory in war. "The war side of war could never have called me to the field," she explained. "All through and through, thoughts and acts, body and soul -- I hate it." As Barton put it, her "work and words were for the individual soldier -- what he does, see, frets or thinks in these dread hours of leaden rain and iron hail."
The Challenge of Restoration:
Manufactured by the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company of South Bend, Indiana, the ambulance's operating accessories include canvas stretchers for transporting patients, a water tank with spigot mounted under the driver's seat, a canvas top, and platform springs to cushion the ride over rough terrain. Woods chosen for durability included white oak, ash, yellow poplar, and hickory.
In 1958, Red Cross officials purchased this vehicle from the estate of a vegetable peddler who is believed to have bought it from Clara Barton's Glen Echo, Maryland estate in the 1910s. The most noticeable feature of the vehicle's restoration is its replacement canvas top.
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Description of Subject Matter: Clara Barton’s Red Cross Ambulance, 1898
Please note: In July of 2011, the Clara Barton Ambulance was replaced as the 3rd Floor East Landmark Object by the Civil War Draft Wheel.
This ambulance is one of eleven vehicles purchased by the Central Cuban Relief Committee of New York for use by Clara Barton and the American National Red Cross. The committee sent the ambulance to Camp Thomas, an army debarkation camp in Chickamauga, Georgia, before the 1898 outbreak of the Spanish-American War. The Red Cross nurses at Camp Thomas helped care for U.S. Army soldiers called to Cuba, many of whom suffered that summer from typhoid. After the war, the Red Cross sent this ambulance to Clara Barton for use at her home in Glen Echo, Maryland, the organization’s headquarters and distribution center for relief supplies.
As the founding director of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton was no stranger to battle but she loathed it. “The war side of war could never have called me to the field,” she explained. “I hate it. Only the desire to soften some of its hardships and allay some of its miseries ever induced me . . . dare its pestilent and unholy breath.”
The above was from http://americanhistory.si.edu/press/fact-sheets/clara-barton%E2%80%99s-red-cross-ambulance-1898
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