This is a special encore edition of Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. This segment originally aired on August 4th, 2019.

Under cover of darkness on June 2, 1863, two Union ships stole up the Combahee River in a mission that would liberate over 750 slaves from South Carolina plantations. What became known as the Combahee Ferry Raid was the first major U.S. military operation lead by a woman: Harriet Tubman. The same Harriet Tubman whose image was scheduled until recently to be on the front of the new $20 bill. And the same Harriet Tubman whose remarkable life as a spy, abolitionist, nurse and cook included connections to Boston. Many know her name but few know her story. Author and historian Elizabeth Cobbs is connecting the dots in a historical novel detailing one of Harriet Tubman’s greatest achievements.

The Tubman Command is available in stores and online.


Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs — Melbern G. Glasscock Professor of History at Texas A & M University. She is the author of historical fiction novels, including "The Tubman Command."

L’Merchie Frazier — Director of Education and Interpretation at the Museum of African American History, Boston.

Dr. Edda Fields-Black — Associate professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University.