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American Artifacts: Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office (Part 1)

Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office

Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office

Washington, DC
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Between 1861 and 1868, Clara Barton, known as the Angel of the Battlefield and founder of the American Red Cross, lived in a Washington, DC boarding house on 7th street, NW. She employed twelve clerks on the third floor in her "Missing Soldiers Office," where they received over 60,000 letters from families searching for lost sons and husbands.

In 1996, Richard Lyons, a carpenter for the General Services Administration was helping to prepare the vacant building for demolition when he discovered a Civil War era office sign in the attic.

American History TV visited the building on seventh street to learn about the Missing Soldiers Office, and to hear the story of Richard Lyons, who worked alone for months to save the building from demolition.

Also appearing in this program is historian Susan Rosenvold, superintendent of Clara Barton's Missing Soldier's Office.

Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 1pm (ET)

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