Harriet Tubman: A History In Quotations

Harriet Tubman is probably one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. After escaping slavery herself, she later returned year after year to the South to guide dozens of enslaved to freedom in the North and Canada.

The Harriet Tubman Historical Society has collected and verified a set of quotes by this remarkable woman, and using her words and photographs, we present a short history of her life and achievements. Continue reading

Allan Pinkerton: Commanding The Union Intelligence Service

What was the forerunner to the U.S. Secret Service? When did folks start to really worry about protecting a U.S. President? Would you be really surprised if I told you it was during the Civil War?

Today, we’ll talk about a Union spy and detective who saved Lincoln’s life at least once, miscalculated troop numbers for George McClellan, went into enemy territory looking for clues, and ultimately laid the foundation for the U.S. Secret Service.

Meet Major E.J. Allen. No, his real name was Allan Pinkerton. Continue reading