“Sailing Away to Freedom”-Gilpin Point
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
Forty-year-old Joseph Cornish, a blacksmith and minister, was enslaved by Capt. Samuel W. LeCompte, USN, who worked him very hard. Joseph was married to a free woman and the father of five children. His struggle for freedom came at great personal cost. On December 8, 1855, Cornish most likely knew about the Underground Railroad network Harriet Tubman relied upon in Philadelphia and New York, when he started out from Cambridge on “foot for Gilpin’s Point, where he had heard there was a vessel about to sail.”
Joseph Cornish “worked his passage” to Baltimore, and then he made his way to UGRR agent William Still in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. From there, Cornish was rushed to agent Sydney H. Gay in New York City, who forwarded Cornish to St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, where Harriet Tubman, and many others from Maryland’s Eastern Shore were cherishing their newfound freedom.
The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway follows the Choptank River
Marker series. This marker is included in the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway marker series.
Location. 38° 48.582′ N, 75° 53.802′ W. Marker is in Harmony, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on Holly Park Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Preston MD 21655, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Richardson (within shouting distance of this marker); Frederick Douglass (approx. 1.7 miles away); Colonel William Richardson (approx. 1.8 miles away); Charles Dickenson (approx. 3˝ miles away); William Still Center-Families Divided & United (approx. 3.7 miles away); Webb Cabin-Living Free (approx. 3.7 miles away); Denton (approx. 6.2 miles away); Nest of Traitors (approx. 6.2 miles away).
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.