Susie King Taylor quote about sympathy during war


“It seems strange how our aversion to seeing suffering is overcome in war, how we are able to see the most sickening sights, such as men with their limbs blown off and mangled by the deadly shells, without a shudder; and instead of turning away, how we hurry to assist in alleviating their pain, bind up their wounds, and press the cool water to their parched lips, with feelings only of sympathy and pity.”

– Susie King Taylor, nurse during the United States Civil War

Historical black and white photograph of Susie King Taylor. She appears in a long dark dress with a buttoned coat over it, and a white headband accenting her dark hair. Her expression is solemn and reflective, indicative of the era's portrait style.
Susie King Taylor


Susie King Taylor was a U.S. Civil War nurse and teacher. Click here to read our Snapshot Biography of Susie.

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“Susie King Taylor quote about sympathy during war” sources:

  • Taylor, Susie King, 1848-1912. Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops Late 1st S.C. Volunteers. Boston :Pub. by the author, 1902. – Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina,
  • Susie King Taylor, known as the first African American Army nurse. [Boston: published by the author, 1902 from a photograph taken between 1862 and 1866] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.