The protestors managed to get Charles on a skiff, unfortunately, he was recaptured on the other side of the river. Nalle was returned to the judge’s office were protestors, led by Tubman, forced themselves through the door rescuing Charles again. They placed him on the first wagon they saw sending him in West. This event would immortalize Tubman as a warrior for the Anti-Slavery movement.
Harriet was a black woman who is to be admired for her strength and courage.
She knew the dangers she faced returning to the south as a fugitive slave. Despite the risk of losing her freedom and possibly her life, Harriet continually made trips into the South to assist others in their escape from slavery. She realized that God had given her a gift to navigate the dangerous pathway to freedom. Her success leading fugitives to the land of freedom earned her the nickname “Moses” among the slaves. Harriet may not have founded the Underground Railroad, but she was responsible for much of its success.
Harriet was the only abductor of the Underground Railroad to never be apprehended during her expeditions. Not only did she have a gift for leading slaves to freedom, but she also had a way of recruiting people to help in the fight against slavery. She used her actions and influences to push the United States government towards the abolishment of slavery. Even though she was born into slavery, Harriet became one of the most prominently known figures associated with the Anti-Slavery movement. Harriet Tubman may be best known for her contributions to the Underground Railroad and the Civil War, but she also symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States.
On the evening of June 2, 1863, the Union Army sent gunboats up the Combahee River to attack the Middleton estates. These homesteads were owned by one of the wealthiest families in the Carolinas. Their plantations were vital to the southern economy. Tubman leads the boats up the river to specific areas were fugitives were waiting for their arrival. The gunboats continued up the river to the plantations where the soldiers, including former slaves, robbed the warehouses and burned the planter homes to the ground (167). A group of Confederate soldiers commanded by Lieutenant Breeden failed to stop the Union troops from completing their task. By the time Commander Emmanuel arrived at the shoreline, the Union ships escaped towards the sound. Commander Emmanuel continued to pursue the gunboats but eventually gave up allowing the Union army to escape. The significance of this raid is that it was the first time Harriet was recognized by name. Prior to this night, the identity of Harriet Tubman was unknown and referred to by the name “Moses”. Her involvement in this military action would reveal her identity.
There is often a false narrative about slavery in which black people never fought back against their enslavement. The story of Harriet Tubman proves that black people did indeed fight for their freedom. Harriet was a prime example of the strong spirit of the African-American slave. She continually risked her own life to help others escape to freedom. Tubman received a severe head wound defending a slave from the wrath of his overseer for running away. She endangered herself to save Charles Nalle from extradition to the south while risking her own freedom. Harriet even leads the raid of the Combahee River which freed more than seven-hundred-fifty slaves with the help of one-hundred and fifty black soldiers. There were thousands of black soldiers who fought for the Union Army during the Civil War to free slaves in the south. Black people not only fought against slavery, they are also responsible for its abolishment.
Despite her contributions during the Civil War, Harriet would only end up receiving a widow’s pension for her late husband, Nelson Davis. The widow’s pension paid her only eight dollars per month. Harriet had to fight just to receive this pension. She had to prove that her husband Charles Nelson Davis was the same person who died under the name Nelson Davis. It was Harriet’s dream to build a charitable institution in Auburn for black individuals that suffer from neglect or have special needs. She would purchase the Beardsley estate at auction for almost fifteen-hundred dollars (207). Later, a local newspaper released an article questioning the government’s recognition of her military efforts. Congress eventually added Harriet’s wartime service record to the Congressional Record and agree to raise her window’s pension to twenty dollars per month. It was noted that her rise in pension was due to her own service. She donated the property she purchased to the AME Zion Church with the requirement that it be kept to house black individual that were older or had special needs (209). The Harriet Tubman Home became the only charity devoted to giving care and shelter to black people in the state of New York outside the city limits.
The one lesson everyone should take away from Harriet Tubman’s life story is that we should always stand up for what is right and individual actions have the capability to change the world. She stood up against the evils of slavery and never faltered in her fight against it. Harriet’s individual actions are directly accountable for the ultimate demise of slavery in the United States. She also had a remarkable influence on the progression of women’s rights. The Legacy of Harriet Tubman is that the individual actions of any man or women, no matter who they are or where they come from, can change the world.