Quotation by Clara Barton

My business is stanching blood and feeding fainting men; my post the open field between the bullet and the hospital. I sometimes discuss the application of a compress or a wisp of hay under a broken limb, but not the bearing and merits of a political movement. I make gruel—not speeches; I write letters home for wounded soldiers, not political addresses.
Clara Barton (1821–1912), U.S. Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in Angel of the Battlefield, ch. 5, by Ishbel Ross (1956).

Written on June 24, 1863, during the Civil War, to editor T. W. Meighan, who had urged her to use her influence to help bring about peace.
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