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Incident in Troy, New York
1860

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Harriet Tubman, a fugitive slave who personally escorted over 300 slaves to freedom, was known for thinking her way through perilous situations. Her ingenuity is illustrated in an incident that occured in 1860 in Troy, New York, in which she set her mind to setting free a fugitive who had been captured and was being held at the office of the United States Commisioner.

The slave, a man named Charles Nalle, did escape thanks to Tubman's efforts. He later bought his freedom from his master, a man who also happend to be his younger, half-brother.

The following excerpt was taken from Harriet Tubman, The Moses of Her People. The story was told to the book's author, Sarah Bradford, in an interview with Harriet Tubman.




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