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"T" is for Taylor, Susie King [born circa 1848]

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"T" is for Taylor, Susie King [born circa 1848]. Born into slavery as Susan Baker near Savannah, Taylor became free at fourteen when her uncle led her and others to freedom. As one of thousands of black refugees on the Sea Islands, she attached herself to the First South Carolina Volunteers. Originally, she was the regimental laundress, but her other talents—especially her ability to read and write and her knowledge of folk remedies—soon gave her a wider scope of responsibility. She nursed the regiment's sick and wounded and served as its reading instructor. After the war she moved to Boston and devoted much of the rest of her life to work with the Women's Relief Corps, a national organization for female Civil War veterans. In 1902, Susie King Taylor published her recollections: A Black Woman's Civil War Memoirs.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.