05 January 2009

And the Answer Is C.

C: Susie King Taylor.
Susie King Taylor wrote this statement in her memoirs, "Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S. C. Volunteers".

Susie served the 33rd USCT [the United States Colored Troops within the Union Army raised locally] as a nurse and a teacher, and she did not earn a dime for her work. She worked here in Beaufort among the freedmen being treated in the Contraband hospitals.

You can read the electronic version of this memoir within the "Documenting the American South" digital library hosted by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill by clicking on http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/taylorsu/taylorsu.html.

The BDC has printed copies of her memoirs in two forms:
SC 973.7 TAY Reminiscences of My Life in Camp, Arno Press and the New York Times, 1968
SC 973.7 TAY A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs, edited by Patricia W. Romero with a new introduction by Willie Lee Rose, Markus Wiener Publishing, 1988.

If you want to introduce your children to important figures in Beaufort District History, we suggest The Diary of Susie King Taylor, Civil War Nurse. This is an abridged version of her memoirs edited and illustrated for children. You can find it in our children's biography sections at Beaufort Branch, Bluffton Branch, and Hilton Head Branch libraries.

The question and short answer were drawn from the Civil War Primer e-newsletter, December 18, 2008. -- gmc

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