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The Tubman command : a novel, Elizabeth Cobbs

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The Tubman command : a novel
Title
The Tubman command
Title remainder
a novel
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Elizabeth Cobbs
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Harriet Tubman was a scout for the union army and led a successful raid up the Combahee River in South Carolina that freed 750 men, women, and children. This is the historical novel of her heroic raid
  • It's May 1863. Out-generaled and out-gunned, a demoralized Union Army has pulled back with massive losses at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Fort Sumter, hated symbol of the Rebellion, taunts the American navy with its artillery and underwater mines. In Beaufort, South Carolina, one very special woman, code named Moses, is hatching a spectacular plan. Hunted by Confederates, revered by slaves, Harriet Tubman plots an expedition behind enemy lines to liberate hundreds of bondsmen and recruit them as soldiers. A bounty on her head, she has given up husband and home for the noblest cause: a nation of, by, and for the people. The Tubman Command tells the story of Tubman at the height of her powers, when she devises the largest plantation raid of the Civil War. General David Hunter places her in charge of a team of black scouts even though skeptical of what one woman can accomplish. For her gamble to succeed, "Moses" must outwit alligators, overseers, slave catchers, sharpshooters, and even hostile Union soldiers to lead gunships up the Combahee River. Men stand in her way at every turn--though one reminds her that love shouldn't have to be the price of freedom
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Review
  • Cobbs (The Hamilton Affair, 2016) spotlights another significant chapter in American history by putting her own spin on some of the lesser-known yet extraordinary achievements of revered human rights icon Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery to become an abolitionist and activist. In addition to her legendary work as a ""conductor"" leading enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad, Tubman, as Cobbs so richly reveals, was an intrepid and invaluable scout and spy for the Union Army. Even more dramatically, we see Tubman commanding a group of black soldiers and sneaking behind enemy lines to liberate hundreds of plantation slaves, many of whom she subsequently recruits into the Union Army. Highlighting her close association with Union general and abolitionist David Hunter, Cobbs paints a vivid portrait of Tubman at the heart of one of the most innovative, daring, and dangerous missions of the Civil War. The heroic and brilliant Tubman is brought vividly to life as a flesh-and-blood woman and a strong and cunning leader in this compelling and instructive fictional tribute. -- Margaret Flanagan (Reviewed 3/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 13, p40)
  • Cobbs (The Hamilton Affair) delivers an immersive account of Harriet Tubman’s involvement in the 1863 Combahee Ferry raid. As a spy for the Union Army in Yankee-occupied Beaufort, S.C., Harriet works for General David Hunter. In order to convince Hunter to take ships down the Combahee River to free slaves, Harriet must discover the location of torpedoes in the river, which she does with the help of scouts Samuel Heyward and Walter Plowden. After the raid commences, complications arise when there isn’t enough room on the ships to transport all the rescued slaves, though many are freed in the raid. Rich historical detail adds texture, but the highlight is Harriet, a woman who repeatedly risks her life for the freedom of others. Cobbs’s terrific portrait of Tubman will both move and inform readers. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 04/08/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 14, p)
  • Cobbs' (The Hamilton Affair, 2016, etc.) third novel follows Harriet Tubman as she leads a crucial raid on behalf of the Union Army. This novel veers away from what Tubman is primarily known for: engineering the Underground Railroad and smuggling, often single-handedly, fugitive slaves from the South to the North. Now, Tubman, aka Moses, is assisting Union troops hoping to turn the tide of the Civil War, which, as of May 1863, the North is losing. Up to now, there has been a hands-off policy toward civilian property, but it has dawned on the war office that Southern plantations constitute an unbroken supply chain for the "Secesh" resistance. A disastrous defeat in Charleston harbor has led certain officers, notably Col. Montgomery and Gen. Hunter, to espouse a new approach—crippling the slavery-based agrarian economy. Tubman and her small band of escaped slaves volunteer as scouts for a pivotal mission that forms the throughline of this novel: They are to guide U.S. gunboats, carrying 300 black soldiers, from their base on Port Royal Island to the South Carolina coast. On landing, Union forces intend to free hundreds of slaves and destroy the rice harvest. But to further this goal, the scouts must first determine the exact locations of underwater mines planted by the Rebels. Under cover of night, Tubman twice sneaks behind enemy lines to a plantation to gain intel and alert the enslaved. Tubman's world is vividly brought to life as we see her go about her daily routines: making gingerbread, befriending a cat, taking on humble duties in a military hospital. She is extolled by abolitionists in the North but still greeted with some suspicion on the part of the white Union military. Re-creating the speech patterns and culture of black and white characters alike, Cobbs strives for verisimilitude while avoiding caricature. Although Cobbs allows her heroine a brief love affair, her treatment of her protagonist is so reverential as to render Moses almost superhuman. A stirring fictional tribute to an American icon. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2019)
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10775890
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Cobbs Hoffman, Elizabeth
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3603.O23
LC item number
T83 2019
Literary form
novels
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  • Tubman, Harriet
  • Combahee River (S.C.)
  • South Carolina
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
The Tubman command : a novel, Elizabeth Cobbs
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references (page [327])
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9781948924344
Lccn
2019016058
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1090423537
  • (OCoLC)1090423537
Label
The Tubman command : a novel, Elizabeth Cobbs
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references (page [327])
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
326 pages
Isbn
9781948924344
Lccn
2019016058
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1090423537
  • (OCoLC)1090423537

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