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The Resource Harriet Tubman, secret agent : how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War, Thomas B. Allen ; featuring illustrations by Carla Bauer

Harriet Tubman, secret agent : how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War, Thomas B. Allen ; featuring illustrations by Carla Bauer

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Harriet Tubman, secret agent : how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War
Title
Harriet Tubman, secret agent
Title remainder
how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Thomas B. Allen ; featuring illustrations by Carla Bauer
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this book, readers discover that Harriet Tubman--well-known to them as an ex-slave who led hundreds of her people to freedom along the Underground Railroad--was also a spy for the Union Army. She also recruited former slaves for Colonel James Montgomery, a Union officer who was raising an all-black brigade for a raid up the Combahee River to attack plantations in South Carolina. Thanks to information obtained by Tubman and her black recruits Montgomery's men along with Tubman managed to elude Rebel torpedoes and swarm ashore. They destroyed a Confederate supply depot, torched homes and warehouses, and freed more than 750 plantation slaves. The report on the raid to Lincoln's Secretary of War stated: "This is the only military command in American history wherein a woman, black or white, led the raid and under whose inspiration it was originated and conducted." The Union Army realized Tubman's knowledge of Underground Railroad routes and southern terrain would make her invaluable as a secret agent. Tubman and the slaves she freed formed a spy ring that added to the wealth of information contained in a special category of Union intelligence called Black Dispatches. Although she was praised for her war efforts, it took 30 years for her to get the military pension earned by Union soldiers. Queen Victoria awarded her a medal for her bravery; no such tribute comes from the United States
Review
/* Starred Review */ Gr 5–8— This small book contains a lot of fascinating information on the network of slaves and free blacks who advanced the Union cause during the Civil War. The narrative is framed by the story of Harriet Tubman, the ex-slave and conductor of the Underground Railroad, whose work to help others escape is well known; less is known about her role as a spy. Tubman assisted Northern troops by tapping into a group of ex-slaves working in the South and passing information on to the Union forces. According to Allen, she led a raid along the Combahee River and may have led other expeditions as well. Readers also meet other people who participated in the espionage, including Elizabeth Van Lew, who devised a numerical code to transmit information that she picked up at society gatherings. Using this code, which is described in an appendix, the author includes several messages in the book. The type font and black-and-white reproductions and maps greatly enhance the presentation; in addition to illustrations from traditional sources, such as the Library of Congress, there are quality originals. A great addition to any collection.—Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN --Elizabeth M. Reardon (Reviewed February 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 2, p130)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
169566
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Allen, Thomas B
Dewey number
  • 973.7/115
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Interest level
MG
LC call number
E444.T82
LC item number
A73 2006
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Nature of contents
bibliography
Reading level
8
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Bauer, Carla
  • National Geographic Society (U.S.)
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Tubman, Harriet
  • Tubman, Harriet
  • Slaves
  • African American women
  • Underground Railroad
  • Spies
  • Slaves
  • African American women
  • Underground Railroad
  • Spies
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War
Label
Harriet Tubman, secret agent : how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War, Thomas B. Allen ; featuring illustrations by Carla Bauer
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Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 182-188) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Black Moses -- Harriet's escape -- The Underground Railroad -- Slave revolts -- John Brown meets the general -- Trouble at Harpers Ferry -- The "old colored woman" -- Trouble in the capital -- The secret war -- Black dispatches -- Black spies and the Anaconda Plan -- Harriet goes to war -- The general leads a raid -- Telling the secrets
Control code
655975
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
191 pages
Isbn
9780792278894
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2005030927
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780792278894
  • (OCoLC)62161247
Label
Harriet Tubman, secret agent : how daring slaves and free Blacks spied for the Union during the Civil War, Thomas B. Allen ; featuring illustrations by Carla Bauer
Link
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 182-188) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Black Moses -- Harriet's escape -- The Underground Railroad -- Slave revolts -- John Brown meets the general -- Trouble at Harpers Ferry -- The "old colored woman" -- Trouble in the capital -- The secret war -- Black dispatches -- Black spies and the Anaconda Plan -- Harriet goes to war -- The general leads a raid -- Telling the secrets
Control code
655975
Dimensions
19 cm
Extent
191 pages
Isbn
9780792278894
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2005030927
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780792278894
  • (OCoLC)62161247

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