Clara Barton and The American Red Cross were fooled

For an author writing a book about Clara Barton, we researched an event from 1900 during the Boer War in South Africa, which was a rebellion against British rule. A group of Irishmen calling themselves the Chicago Ambulance Corp petitioned the Red Cross for credentials to help the wounded. Barton issued the credentials and provided transportation to South Africa for the group. Barton and the Red Cross were publicly embarrassed when the group promptly ripped off their Red Cross emblems and took up arms against the British in the fight.

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Result: The project produced 80 images from Barton’s personal papers, as well as numerous newspaper clippings about the incident.

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