Behind the Story:
Secrets of Civil War Spies
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.
American Life in the 1860s
Video: Who were they?
See photos of women like Emma Edmonds who disguised themselves as soldiers during the Civil War.