"There were loyal women, as well as men,
in those days who did not fear the shell
or the shot, who cared for the sick and dying."
Susie King Taylor, a nurse with the 33rd United States Colored Infantry, wrote those words in 1902.
Taylor, an African American, was one of those loyal women of whom she spoke.
Historical information about King and several other African Americans who served as nurses and doctors in the United States Civil War can be found at the U.S. National Library of Medicine exhibit on display through Dec. 14 at Emma Waters Summar Library.
Tall panels packed with fascinating images of letters, newspaper clippings and journal pages tell their stories, along with insightful quotes and Civil War era photographs and lithographs.
|Exhibit photos by PAUL SORRELL/Emma Waters Summar Library|
- Jackson-Madison Co. General Hospital provided several items, including a Troemner apothecary scale and weights, various apothecary bottles and a cast iron mortar and pestle.
- The Carnegie Center for Arts & History in downtown Jackson -- which just happens to be the location of Jackson's first public library, opened in 1903 as The Jackson Free Library -- provided a cannonball, bullets, rifle balls and a cache of medicine bottles used at a Confederate hospital site.
- The Brooks Shaw Collection, on loan from the Old Country Store in Casey Jones Village in Jackson, also provides a look back in time with surgical instruments used in the war, a doctor's bag and even a medical saddle bag.
Just click the tabs to access all of these resources -- and don't forget to stop in and view the exhibit.