HARRIET TUBMAN’S TWO WARS

Veteran: Harriet ‘Moses’ Tubman
ArtistBob Lenz
Writer: Bob Meury

Born a slave, Harriet Tubman began her first war in her late twenties, when she walked away from her owners in Maryland and trekked ninety hard miles to the safety of Philadelphia.

Over the next dozen years, she returned again and again to the enemy territory of her birth to find and lead small groups of rescued slaves to the north.

She liked to travel in winter, and at night, when it was difficult for slave hunters and their dogs (that's right, slave hunters and their dogs) to track her.

And all told, with a price on her own head, she saved over 70 people.

At the start of her second war, the Civil War, she volunteered as a cook and a nurse with the Union Army, caring for the wounded and the diseased.

Not even the threat of small pox could frighten her away.

Eventually, her experience in slave smuggling made her an ideal choice to lead a band of combat spies who secretly scouted and mapped disputed areas in South Carolina and Florida.

Those missions led to a least two significant victories and, fittingly, to the freeing of over 750 more slaves.

She was five feet tall.

And a giant.