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Harriet Tubman's historic Combahee River Raid frees 750 slaves...



Item # 172690

July 4, 1863

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, July 4, 1863  Half of the front page is taken up with a somber print: "Execution, by Hanging, of Two Rebel Spies, Williams and Peters, In the Army of the Cumberland" with text as well.
The best print in this issue is the half page: "Raid of Second South Carolina Volunteers (Col. Montgomery) Among the Rice Plantations on the Combahee, S.C."  This was the work of the remarkable Harriet Tubman.
Known as the Combahee River Raid, Harriet Tubman, who had escaped from slavery in 1849 and guided many others to freedom, was working for the Union Army as a spy. The Union ships transported more than 750 slaves freed by the raid, many of whom joined the Union Army.
Among several Union infantry regiments composed of former slaves, the 2nd South Carolina Infantry was led by Harriet Tubman. She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the Civil War. There is a related article with details.
Other prints within include two full pages on: "Our Works Before Vicksburg--Battery Powell--Battery Hickenlooper"; a nice doublepage centerfold: "Charge of General Buford's Cavalry Upon the Enemy Near Beverley Ford, on the Rappahannock"; a half page: "Battle of Milliken's Bend" shows Negroes in battle;  and a half page: "Army Beef Swimming the Occoquan River, Virginia".
There are three illustrations which accompany an article: "A typical Negro", the prints captioned: "Gordon as He Entered Our Lines" "Gordon Under Medical Inspection" showing the scars on his back; and "Gordon in His Uniform as a U.S. Soldier".
The back page has a political cartoon. Complete in 16 pages.

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