Reminiscences of My Life in Camp: An African American Woman's Civil War Memoir

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

  • Title: Reminiscences of My Life in Camp: An African American Woman's Civil War Memoir
  • Author: Susie King Taylor Catherine Clinton
  • ISBN: 9780820326665
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 In addition, she worked as a camp cook, laundress, and teacher WrNear 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 In addition, she worked as a camp cook, laundress, and teacher Written from a perspective unique in the literature of the Civil War, Reminiscences of My Life in Camp not only chronicles daily life on the battlefront but also records interactions between blacks and whites, men and women, and Northerners and Southerners during and after the war.Taylor tells of being born into slavery and of learning, in secret, to read and write She describes maturing under her wartime responsibilities and traveling 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.This volume reproduces the text of the original 1902 edition Catherine Clinton s new introduction provides historical context for the events that form the backdrop of Taylor s memoir, as well as for the problems of race and gender it illuminates.

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    1. This is a memoir of a black woman who received her freedom early in the American civil war. During the war years she worked in a union camp nursing the sick and wounded, educating the soldiers, and helping out in any capacity should could. After the war she remained in the south for several years working as an educator, and then in the early 1870’s she moved north to Boston Massachusetts.I had a difficult time rating this book. This is a great window into what life was like for a black woman d [...]

    2. I think everyone should read this book. I hadn't heard much about Susie King Taylor and I'm surprised there aren't more books about her. Susie was a remarkable nurse and teacher. Quite frankly, this woman was extraordinary.

    3. Really enjoyed this interesting perspective on the civil war and on the life of freed slaves. Anyone interested in American history or the civil war should read this.

    4. t is well-written, easy to read, and gives a small glimpse into the life of a soldier’s wife who went with the camp in 1861 and following.The end talks about her good life, with basic equality, in Massachusetts (which gives me a fonder view of that state than I have heretofore had) and the horror she experienced on a trip from there to Shreveport to reach the side of her dying son.There are several things I don’t understand. Why did she give up her child? Why didn’t she say how she met her [...]

    5. A dignified and laconic writer, Mrs. Taylor gives us an amazing glimpse into the lives of African-Americans who fought and defended the Union only days or weeks after having been enslaved. Read between the lines for some truly fresh insights about both black and white, Union and Confederate stories.

    6. A slim but informative book about the experience of a former black slave during and after the Civil War and her insight into the make-up of the Confederate, Union and Negro [sic] troops and their commanders. Susie King Taylor was an important witness and helper during the war. She lived into the 20th century. The historical footnotes to her memoir add helpful details.

    7. Five stars for significance, three for the writing itself, which was, by and large, vague and understated. I suspect she wrote the account to be (mostly) unimpeachable, so anything debatable was omitted. I wish the author would have fleshed out the narrative a bit, but perhaps that's just my wish for the sensibility of a different century.

    8. A fascinating and fantastically readable memoir. I read it for school and enjoyed it, and it would make a wonderful primary source for anyone looking for documents about the Civil War in general or black/women's participation in the Civil War.

    9. The memoirs of Susie King Taylor are an excellent and unique historical look at the freed woman's life in the Civil War. Working as teacher, nurse, laundry woman, wife of soldier - with the Union Soldiers, her story is one that is not often written about.

    10. I read this for my Women's History class. It was more descriptive than entertaining, but still a valuable historical document.

    11. I really enjoyed this rare primary source! Mrs. Taylor offers a new perspective on an intensley well covered war!

    12. 2.5 stars, rounded up almost entirely for Chapter 13. I just don't understand how parts of this were so stunning while huge sections of it were so boring. It might have to do with the fact that I've never been interested in military history, but I really didn't expect most of this to be so dry.This was required reading for my Emancipation and the Afterlife of Slavery class.

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