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Secrets of Civil War Spies

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Harriet Tubman's first-hand account as a spy for the Union Army

Harriet Tubman, best known for helping fugitive slaves escape to Canada, was also a spy for the Federal Army.

On June 1, 1863, in the early morning fog, three military gunboats armed with Union soliders, explosives, and an amazing woman, Harriet Tubman, began its slow journey up the South Carolina Combahee River. By the end of the day, key supply lines were destroyed, over 750 slaves were rescued, and Harriet Tubman became the first woman to lead troops into combat.

Read Harriet Tubman's first-hand account of the daring raid on the Combahee River »

Read the July 10, 1863 account of Harriet Tubman's daring raid in the Commonwealth, a Boston abolitionist newspaper »