African-American author, teacher, and Union Army nurse. She published her memoir -- Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers -- in 1902.
At the age of thirteen, she escaped to Union-occupied St. Simons Island, Georgia, where she subsequently set up a school for formerly enslaved children.
Shortly after the conclusion of the American Civil War, she worked in Boston, Massachusetts as a domestic servant.
She was born into slavery in Liberty County, Georgia. Her first marriage was to 33rd U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment officer Edward King; after King's death, she married Russell L. Taylor.
She and Phillis Wheatley were both freed slaves-turned-authors.