Emancipation Proclamation and Combahee River Raid

– On January 1, President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation that frees bondspeople in Confederate states.

– On June 2, Tubman becomes the first woman in U.S. history to plan and execute a military raid on the Combahee River in South Carolina, subsequently freeing over 750 people from slavery.

– On July 18, Tubman serves the last meal of white commanding officer Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863), who led the all-Black 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment to fight bravely in a doomed raid on Fort Wagner, South Carolina.


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