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Tar Bluff near Sheldon in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Combahee River Raid / Freedom Along The Combahee

 
 
Combahee River Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 16, 2013
1. Combahee River Raid Marker
Inscription.
Combahee River Raid
On June 1-2, 1863, a Federal Force consisting of elements of the 2nd S.C. Volunteer Infantry (an African- American unit) and the 3rd Rhode Island Artillery conducted a raid up the Confederate-held Combahee River. Col. James Montgomery led the expedition. Harriet Tubman, already famous for her work with the Underground Railroad, accompanied Montgomery on the raid.

Freedom Along The Combahee
Union gunboats landed 300 soldiers along the river and one force came ashore here at Combahee Ferry. Soldiers took livestock and supplies and destroyed houses, barns, and rice at nearby plantations. More than 700 enslaved men, women, and children were taken to freedom in perhaps the largest emancipation event in wartime S.C. Some freedmen soon enlisted in the U.S. Army.
 
Erected 2013 by South Carolina Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 7-39.)
 
Location. 32° 39.112′ N, 80° 41.114′ W. Marker is in Tar Bluff near Sheldon, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Charleston Highway (U.S. 17) near Boat ramp driveway, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on south side Harriet Tubman Bridge, Combahee River,
Freedom Along The Combahee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 16, 2013
2. Freedom Along The Combahee Marker
Beaufort / Colleton County line. Marker is in this post office area: Yemassee SC 29945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Temple of Sport (approx. 5.9 miles away); Ruins of Old Sheldon (approx. 6.1 miles away); Sheldon Union Academy (approx. 7.6 miles away); Salkehatchie Presbyterian Church (approx. 8.2 miles away); Catholic Hill (approx. 8.7 miles away); 150 Years Of Faith at St. James Church (approx. 8.7 miles away); Edmundsbury (approx. 9.7 miles away); Hendersonville / Arab The Horse (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Liberty Letters Harriet Tubman:. Civil War Spy, Daring Soldier (Submitted on June 18, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Raid at Combahee Ferry, from Wikipedia. On the evening of June 1, three small U.S. Navy ships (the Sentinel, Harriet A. Weed, and John Adams) left Beaufort headed for the Combahee. They held 300 men from the 2nd South Carolina, commanded by Colonel Montgomery, with Company C of the 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery manning the ships' guns. Harriet Tubman accompanied the troops. Shortly after leaving Beaufort, the Sentinel ran aground in St. Helena Sound. (Submitted on June 18, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
Combahee River Raid / Freedom Along The Combahee Marker, looking south along Charleston Highway image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 16, 2013
3. Combahee River Raid / Freedom Along The Combahee Marker, looking south along Charleston Highway
Combahee River Raid / Freedom Along The Combahee Marker looking north image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 16, 2013
4. Combahee River Raid / Freedom Along The Combahee Marker looking north
Along Charleston Highway (US 17) at the Harriet Tubman Bridge and Boat Ramp Driveway
Harriet Tubman image. Click for full size.
By National Portrait Gallery, circa 1885
5. Harriet Tubman
Raid of Second South Carolina Volunteers among the rice plantations of the Combahee sketch image. Click for full size.
By Surgeon Robinson, published in Harper’s Weekly July 4, 1863
6. Raid of Second South Carolina Volunteers among the rice plantations of the Combahee sketch
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 18, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 668 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 18, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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