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A Black woman's Civil War memoirs : reminiscences of my life in camp with the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops, late 1st South Carolina Volunteers / Susie King Taylor ; edited by Patricia W. Romero ; with a new introduction by Willie Lee Rose.

By: Taylor, Susie King, 1848-1912.
Contributor(s): Romero, Patricia W.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : M. Wiener Pub. : Distributed by the Talman Co., c1988Edition: 1st M. Wiener Pub. ed.Description: 154 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0910129851 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780910129855 (pbk. : alk. paper).Uniform titles: Reminiscences of my life in camp Subject(s): Taylor, Susie King, 1848-1912 | United States. Army. Colored Infantry Regiment, 33rd (1864-1866) -- Biography | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- African Americans | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American | African Americans -- South Carolina -- Biography | South Carolina -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Black woman's Civil War memoirs.DDC classification: 973.7/415 | B
Contents:
A brief sketch of my ancestors -- My childhood -- On St. Simon's Island, 1862 -- Camp Saxton--proclamation and barbecue, 1863 -- Military expeditions, and life in camp -- On Morris and other islands -- Cast away -- A flag of truce -- Capture of Charleston -- Mustered out -- After the war -- The Women's Relief Corps -- Thoughts on present conditions -- A visit to Louisiana.
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
Stacks - 3rd Floor
E492.94 33RD .T3 1988 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000658559

Reprint. Originally published: Reminiscences of my life in camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, late 1st S.C. Volunteers. Boston : S.K. Taylor, 1902. With new introd.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-154).

A brief sketch of my ancestors -- My childhood -- On St. Simon's Island, 1862 -- Camp Saxton--proclamation and barbecue, 1863 -- Military expeditions, and life in camp -- On Morris and other islands -- Cast away -- A flag of truce -- Capture of Charleston -- Mustered out -- After the war -- The Women's Relief Corps -- Thoughts on present conditions -- A visit to Louisiana.

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Outraged by the treatment of southern blacks at the turn of the century and determined to remind Americans of black contributions during the Civil War, Taylor published in 1902 these memoirs of her life as a teenager in the camp of the 1st South Carolina volunteers, a black regiment. Taylor had been born a slave in Georgia in 1848, and was illegally educated by her family. She made her way to a Union gunboat in South Carolina in 1862, and spent the remainder of the war in Union camps working as nurse, teacher, cook, or laundress as the need arose. Few accounts of the war offer Taylor's perspective. Lacking education, few blacks left extended accounts of the war, and because of prevailing notions of decorum, few women spent long periods with the army. Simple yet undeniably authentic, Taylor's narrative chronicles black soldiers' daily lives and relations between the races and sexes as seen from a black woman's perspective. Illustrated, and annotated for the general reader, the memoirs should be of interest to public and academic libraries of all levels that collect in black history, the Civil War, or southern history. -P. F. Field, Ohio University

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