Susie King Taylor, Nurse, Teacher, and Author

Susie King Taylor, teacher, nurse, and laundress attached to the 1st South Carolina Volunteers (also known as the 33rd United States Colored Troops) wrote the first autobiographical account of the Civil War from her perspective as a former female slave. To learn more, review these Connections blog entries about her from 2009: January 3rd and January 5th.

The Civil War Preservation Trust has posted a packet on the life and impact of Susie King Taylor within its Gifted and Talented curriculum. The CWPT tries to engage young minds in the study of the people, places, and events during the Civil War. You will find a number of other curriculum packets available on their site as well.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.