The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

July 2, 2014

Civil War nurse Clara Barton to roam Danville streets

DANVILLE — Linda Estupinan Snook has found a new muse in the Civil War’s “Angel of the Battlefield.”

The Mifflinburg resident will portray wartime nurse and American Red Cross founder Clara Barton at this year’s Iron Heritage Festival, which will also mark her return to the event after several years away.

She previously portrayed a Union infantryman at the Iron Heritage Festival four years ago and has portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln at other Civil War events.

She started the role of Barton last summer, after discovering the caregiver was from Snook’s home state of Maryland.

“She was not so much a battlefield nurse as someone who procured tons and tons of things … (bandages), whiskey, food, money. She was quite an organizer for her time and quite a strong personality,” Snook said.

Snook was asked to return to the festival by local historian and festival committee member Sis Hause. Snook leapt at the chance to return to Danville and share the details of Barton’s life with others.

Snook took up the hobby in 2000.

“It was such a wonderful fit. It’s such a family-oriented hobby, it really is,” she said. She even met her husband, Ken, through reenacting. Both of them will march in the Iron Heritage parade the night of July 18, and the following day Snook will tour the Danville in character as Barton.

“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great weekend,” she said. “I love presenting and I love the Civil War.”

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