Reminiscences of My Life in Camp

Reminiscences of My Life in Camp

An African-American woman's Civil War memoir.  Near the end of her classic wartime account, Susie King Taylor writes, "there are many people who do not know what some of the colored women did during the war."  For her own part, Taylor spent four years--without pay or formal training--nursing sick and wounded members of a black regiment of Union soldiers.  Taylor tells of being born into slavery and of learning, in secret, to read and write.  She describes maturing under her wartime responsibilities and travelling with the troops in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  After the war, Taylor dedicated herself to improving the lives of black Southerners and black Union Army veterans.  The final chapters of Reminiscences are filled with depictions of the racism to which these efforts often exposed her.  By Susie King Taylor.  Paperback, 76 pages.

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