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Fugitive African Americans Fording the Rappahannock River. Rappahannock, Virginia, August 1862
Fugitive African Americans run to the river

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Tubman During the Civil War
At first when the Union Army came through and burned plantations, slaves hid in the woods. But when they realized that the gunboats could take them behind Union lines to freedom, they came running from all directions, bringing as many of their belongings as they could carry. Tubman later said, "I never saw such a sight." Tubman played other roles in the war effort, including working as a nurse. Folk remedies she learned during her years living in Maryland would come in very handy.
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