DIY: Clara Barton Letter

By The History Detectives Team
12 July 2010
Category: DIY Investigations

In this story we investigated a letter written by Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.

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Clara Barton Letter

What does this letter reveal about America's early efforts to honor its war dead?

Dated July 1866, the letter reports the death of a man named Israel Brown.



Along with the letter, our contributor found an envelope addressed to J. Blair Welch, Burnt Cabins, Pennsylvania.



During the investigation we discovered that these men were neighbors in Burnt Cabins, Pennsylvania.

But what was their relationship? Why would J. Blair Welch go to the effort of contacting Clara Barton for information about the welfare of Israel Brown?

Do you have any information on these two men and the nature of their relationship? Review the evidence and start sleuthing! Come back here to update us on your progress. Let us know what and where you’re investigating. And report back with any findings - no matter how small. Good luck!

Dated July 1866, the letter reports the death of a man named Israel Brown.

Along with the letter, our contributor found an envelope addressed to J. Blair Welch, Burnt Cabins, Pennsylvania.

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