Taylor, Susie King
I HAVE been asked many times by my friend and also by members of the Grand Army of the Republic and Women's Relief Corps, to write book of my army life, during the war of 1861-65 with the regiment of the 1st South Carolin Colored Troops, later called 33d United State Colored Infantry.
At first I did not think I would, but as the years rolled on and my friends were still urging me to start with it, I wrote to Colonel C. T. Trowbridge (who had command of this regiment), asking his opinion and advice on the matter. His answer to me was, "Go ahead! write it; that is just what I should do, were I in your place, and I will give you all the assistance you may need, whenever you require it." This inspired me very much.
In 1900 I received a letter from a gentleman, sent from the Executive Mansion at St. Paul, Minn., saying Colonel Trowbridge had told him I was about to write a book, and when it was
So, with the hope that the following pages will accomplish some good and instruction for its readers, I shall proceed with my narrative.
SUSIE KING TAYLOR.
Boston , 1902.