From just a slave to a woman who would be remembered by history forever, Harriet Tubman was a compassionate person who broke multiple barriers to save others. The year was around 1822 when she was born, and even though she would face multiple hardships along the way, she never gave up and continued. Although there is a long list of achievements, Harriet Tubman’s greatest achievement has to be her devotion to helping slaves as shown in her work in the Union Army, and her dedication to found the underground railroad and continue to help people in need.
One of Harriet Tubman’s best-known achievements was her founding the Underground Railroad; a network used to secretly transport fugitive slaves out of enslavement, and it was even more dangerous than it sounds. According to document A, the Underground Railroad had multiple routes, one of which was from Cambride, MD to St. Catharines, Canada, and going back to Cambridge; a total of about 1,400 miles. She continued to make this trip and least 7 other times, according to document B. The underground railroad itself was extremely dangerous, and Harriet Tubman was willing to take those risks. According to document B, she went on a total of eight trips, from december to 1850 to december of 1860. And in 1850, the bloodhound act was enabled, making it so northerners had to turn in escaped slaves.
Harriet Tubman continued through rescuing slaves, despite the fact she could be caught and lose everything she had worked for. Harriet Tubman normally rescued people during fall and winter, because that’s when the nights were shorter, less people were out, and the lakes and rivers were frozen over so she could walk across them, according to document B. However, she broke this rule two times, the first being in the spring of 1851 to rescue her brother and two men; and in the summer of 1857 to rescue her mother and father. Document B also states that her family was in danger in 1857 because of harboring fugitive slaves, so Harriet Tubman rescued two wanted people, er family, in the most dangerous time of the year and risked all of their lives. But Harriet Tubman did it because she deeply cares about these people and her cause, and would sacrifice anything to keep them safe.
Her other achievements include not only helping in the UGRR, but also supporting the Union troops during the Civil War. Another one of her many achievements is becoming a spy and leading the Union raid to free slaves. According to document C, she headed up a team of black spies to operate behind the lines and provide information as well as intelligence to the Union army. This information was used to plan out the raid to free slaves on June 2, 1863. She inspired and consoled the slaves who were aboard the ship to move forward with the raid and managed to free 800 slaves that day. 100 of those men enlisted in the army and helped the Union to build a strong army, without any pay from the Union army. Not only has she supported the slaves from getting away from their masters, she also helped them even after becoming soldiers for the Union army. As shown in document D, she was a nurse to the wounded soldiers, and tended to them by bathing the wounds with ice water.
She often had to deal with many flies which could cause infections to the soldiers, and would also have to bathe off many people every day. She would do this from dawn to night. After she finished with her days work and came back to her cabin, her next job began. She baked around 50 pies, a great amount of gingerbread and two caskets of root beer. She hired some contraband to sell the food, so the soldiers could eat thanks to Harriet Tubman. She worked this way for about 4 years, but not once did she keep any of the money she was given. Whatever money she got, she gave it away. This not only shows her devotion to the cause, but also her selflessness and compassion towards others.(paragraph 4) Harriet Tubman dedication and determination didn’t stop with her rescuing slaves, Harriet Tubman’s devotion to helping those in need extended to everyone who needed it.
According to document D, Harriet Tubman served as a nurse for the Union Army, tending to the wounded soldiers. The document also states that Harriet Tubman “never received pay or pension”, proving that Harriot labored away solely for helping those in need. Not only was Harriet Tubman a nurse for Union troops, she spent her free time supporting them in another way: providing food. According to Document D, Sarah Bradford, Harriet Tubman’s biographer, writes : “then she went home to her little cabin, and made about 50 pies, a great quantity of gingerbread, and two casks of rootbeer”.