PBS History Detectives program will air a “Barton Letter”

Monday, July 12, the PBS History Detectives program will air a “Barton Letter” segment featuring a recently discovered letter from Clara Barton about a Civil War soldier.   Check your local PBS station for date and time. 

The story includes footage from the site of her Office of Missing Soldiers in Washington, DC, which was discovered in a third-floor attic in 1997.  Clara Barton carried out this work from 1865 through 1868 under the authorization of President Lincoln.  Her efforts resulted in the identification of 22,000 of the approximately 62,000 missing Union soldiers.  Clara Barton’s experiences on multiple battlefields and missing soldiers work led to her involvement with the Red Cross in Europe, the founding of the American Red Cross, and US adoption of the Geneva Convention of 1864.

About: History Detectives is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects.

Traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies, and plenty of legwork are the tools the History Detectives team of experts uses to give new – and sometimes shocking – insights into our national history.

The hosts of the program are a high-energy group of renowned experts in the world of historical investigations. Their expertise ranges from architecture, popular culture and sociology to archeology, collectibles and genealogy.


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