A Slave Girl Becomes a Civil War Nurse

A Slave Girl Becomes a Civil War Nurse

Did you know … Susie King Taylor was born in Georgia. Because her mother was a slave, Susie was a slave, too. She lived with her grandmother in Savannah and secretly attended school with her younger brother and sister because it was illegal for her to go to school. The Civil War Begins She was a teenager when the Civil War began in 1861. In April of 1862, Susie went with her uncle to Saint Catherine Island for the protection of the Union soldiers. Two weeks later, they were taken to Saint Simons Island, where about 600 black men, women, and children lived. Susie was then asked to lead a school for the children. Two large boxes filled with books and Bibles from the north were given to her. Around forty children attended her school. Several adults came to learn to...

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