In 1851, Harriet traveled to Canada for her 3rd trip to get her husband John back but he had re - married and did not want to leave. So she went back up North. Harriet went to Garret's house and found there were more runaways to rescue than anticipated.
Oh John, I missed you so much! Will you come back with me?
Well, actually, after you left me, I re-married and this is my new wife.
Later in 1853, Harriet established the Underground Railroad to help other slaves escape and like her, reach freedom and not have to be enslaved for the rest of their lives.
I, Harriet, will help you all escape from here.
The first slave Harriet rescued was her own sister and her sister’s 2 children and brought them out of slavery in Maryland and guided them to freedom.
No problem, sis. I got your back!
Thank you so much, Harriet for rescuing me and my children.
A year later, she rescued her brother as well using the Underground Railroad and brought him Maryland to freedom as well.
No problem brother, I got your back!
Thank you so much sis, for rescuing me and bring me to freedom.
No problem, you'll be safe in here.
Later in 1857, Harriet returned to Maryland and guided her aged parents to freedom as well.
Thank you so much for saving us, Harriet!
I need to think of more ways to help slaves escape...
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Harriet found new ways towards fighting slavery. She was recruited to assist fugitive slaves at Fort Monroe and worked as a nurse, cook and laundress. Harriet used her knowledge of herbal medicines to help treat sick soldiers and fugitive slaves.
Civil Act Broken Out!was an act of Congress during the early months of the American Civil War permitting court proceedings for confiscation of any of property being used to support the Confederate independence effort, including slaves.