Speaker's Bureau

Who Knew? Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman in South Carolina during The Civil War

In 1863, both women were in South Carolina’s Lowcountry—Barton provided supplies and medical care for Union and Confederate soldiers at the Battle of Fort Waggoner with Massachusetts’s 54th Regiment. Tubman, a formerly enslaved woman, ran reconnaissance and led Union forces up the Combahee River to free more than 700 enslaved persons. This presentation recognizes two influential and powerful women working in South Carolina, around the same time, whose stories are rarely told in full. Audiences will not only learn their stories but how to track the literal and metaphorical footsteps they left across our state.

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