June 2, 1863: Harriet Tubman Guides a Raid that Frees Nearly 800 People from Slavery


Combahee River Raid, Harper’s Weekly, 1863, Image: Dickinson College Civil War Archives.

On June 2, 1863, Harriet Tubman planned and guided a significant armed raid (becoming the first woman to do so in the Civil War) against Confederate forces, supply depots, and plantations along the Combahee River in coastal South Carolina. This is known as the Raid at Combahee Ferry. Tubman and the 2nd Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry (African-American regiment) destroyed millions of dollars worth of Confederate supplies and freed close to 800 people from slavery.

Read a detailed July 10, 1863 report from the Boston newspaper, The Commonwealth at www.harriettubman.com.

Read more about Black Abolitionists at the Zinn Education Project.

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