Man Discovers Clara Barton’s (Haunted?) Post-Civil War Office

Yes, that’s right. The Clara Barton – founder of the American Red Cross.
They were planning to tear down the old vacant building at 437 1/2 7th St. in Washington, D.C. when the U.S. General Services Administration sent in a carpenter named Richard Lyons to check the place out before demolition.
But when he got there, strange things started to happen. Strange things that led him to discover some of Clara Barton’s artifacts – her office sign, documents, and even some clothing. Turns out this was the office where she ran her missing persons bureau after the Civil War.
I’m totally not making this up! Watch the official video on the! You get to see the office and some of the old artifacts – plus hear Richard tell the spooky story of how he made the discovery.

A Little Background
Knowing that the Civil War would result in thousands of missing persons and separated families, Clara began writing down the names of the soldiers she’d seen wounded or killed on the battlefield. Her plan was to open a government office where people could inquire about missing soldiers and she could publish her lists of names. At first the government didn’t respond to her requests to set up a missing persons bureau… until President Lincoln himself got wind of the idea. He helped Barton convince the War Department to give her a small office (the one Richard discovered!) with a few staff members.

From 1865 to 1869, Barton’s missing persons bureau tracked down more than 22,000 missing soldiers, gave out almost 100,000 printed missing persons lists and anwered nearly 63,000 inquiries.

She went on to found the American Red Cross.
P.P.S. Thank you, Wendy, for sharing the GSA post!

One thought on “Man Discovers Clara Barton’s (Haunted?) Post-Civil War Office

  • Every child wants a zhu zhu petshamster and we have all of them in stock as well as all the Zhu Zhu accesories for this most wished for of toys. They are also know as Go Go Pets or Go Go Hamsters in the UK and Europe. Enjoy your zhu zhu pets everyone. Sixth,
    Pillow Pets is durability, machine washable, no batteries, friends for life and most important children like them.

Comments are closed.