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Clara Barton and missing Civil War soldiers of Maryland

Clara BartonClara Barton is best known for having founded the American Red Cross in 1881.  Few know of her efforts at the end of the Civil War in the Washington, D.C. area and at Camp Parole, Maryland to locate former soldiers listed as missing in action.  Working from the Office of Correspondence with Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army, she conducted interviews with Union soldiers returning from southern prisons and published lists of names and information about the missing soldiers submitted to the office by family members.  She raised money for the office by giving lectures about her wartime experiences throughout New England and the United States.  Barton was successful in locating many missing soldiers and in notifying family members of their status.

The following documents are in Maryland State Archives ADJUTANT GENERAL (Civil War Papers) 1864-1865, MSA S935-6, 2/5/2/93:

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