For our July meeting, we turn to discuss an aspect of the Civil War’s aftermath – that of the quest to locate the remains of the missing soldiers in order to give families some measure of closure.
Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., July 9, 2019
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 West Market Street, Leesburg, Virginia
Topic: Discovering Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office
In the aftermath of the Civil War, relief organizer and volunteer nurse Clara Barton opened the Missing Soldiers Office to search for missing Union soldiers. From her boardinghouse in Washington, she launched an operation that scoured the nation for information about soldiers who had disappeared during the conflict. In three years, Barton and her team discovered the fate of more than 22,000 missing men. Yet, her work with the Missing Soldiers Office has largely been overshadowed by Barton’s role with the American Red Cross. This talk will focus on her efforts to find missing soldiers after the Civil War and the many challenges she faced.
Jake Wynn is the Director of Interpretation at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
He is a 2015 graduate of Hood College in Frederick, MD where he focused on public history and communications. Previously, Wynn has worked with the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, the Tourism Council of Frederick County (MD), and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
He writes independently on the history of Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Coal Region on his blog, Wynning History.