You know this retired history teacher is happy when simply crossing a bridge on Highway 17 yesterday morning ( Harriett Tubman Bridge) heading towards Beaufort had my memories spinning with the important role Tubman played in local South Carolina and Beaufort history, as well as American history!
Today we associate Tubman with the Underground Railroad but that was only one of her many daring feats during the Civil War.
In 1862 Tubman decided to go to the South Carolina sea islands to help alleviate the suffering of abruptly freed slaves who were in desperate need of basic necessities-she would remain for three years-till the end of the war.
In Beaufort Tubman served the Union army in many capacities-scout, spy, nurse, and recruiter… all the while running an ” eating house” and ” wash house” … helping Union soldiers by washing, sewing, and feeding the troops.
But it was the famous Combahee River Raid ( when she freed over 700 slaves) that titled her as the only woman to lead a military operation in the Civil war.
When Tubman died in 1913 ( at the age of 90) she was buried with military honors.
Today in Beaufort money is being raised for a statue to this amazing woman who gave so much to Beaufort South Carolina and freedom everywhere!
So until tomorrow… we arrived safe and sound… no rain as predicted and have had a wonderful day visiting historical sites and downtown shopping. Will fill in with all the pictures tomorrow… the internet is off… work out the kinks later!
Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh
Thanks for the reminder! Age has exasperated my forgetfulness, I had forgotten how she had led the slave revolt. Such a remarkable woman in so many aspects!