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The Tubman Command

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  490 ratings  ·  177 reviews
By the bestselling author ofThe Hamilton Affair, the Tubman Commandis an impeccably researched historical novel that brings to light the bravery and brilliance of American icon Harriet Tubman.

It’s May 1863. Outgeneraled and outgunned, a demoralized Union Army has pulled back with massive losses at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Fort Sumter, hated symbol of the Rebellion,
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May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
19th Century America sees the North and South at war and Union spy and member of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman is at the center of our narrative. Known through the network as "Moses", Tubman makes many trips to "the land of the Pharaohs " to free men, women, and children from the tyranny of slavery.

Having never read anything in fiction or nonfiction about Harriet Tubman, I thought this historical fiction was a good introduction to a very formidable woman who played an important role
Martie Nees Record
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Pub. Date: May 21, 2019

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The author of “The Hamilton Affair” has written another interesting historical novel, “The Tubman Command.” In this flawlessly researched novel, one learns of the lesser known heroic deeds of the black icon Harriet Tubman AKA Moses. Most people have heard of Tubman for engineering the Underground Railroad and smuggling fugitive slaves from the South to the North. This novel veers away from that part of her
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DNF at 55%

Since I have now been working on this book for 4 days - that's 3 longer than it should have taken me - I have decided to call time of death on this one. It's not that this was a bad book or anything, there was just something about it that didn't capture me. I kept procrastinating and I even stopped reading mid-chapter numerous times, something that I NEVER do.

I picked out this book because of the interesting subject, I was familiar with Harriet
I read Elizabeth Cobbs’ 2019 historical romance “The Tubman Command” in kindle ebook, which I received from Skyhorse Publishing through, in exchange for publishing an honest review. The novel's publication date is expected to be 21 May 2019. I am primarily a reviewer of science and science fiction, and so you may question what I think I am doing reading a book like this. The explanation is simple – I live in Beaufort South Carolina, on Lady’s Island to be precise. In case you are ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
During all of my years at a public school in rural southwestern Ohio in the 1950s, it was a man's world. I don't recall learning a thing about any women who made history other than Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (well okay, maybe Betsy Ross, who earned 13 stars for her work). Once I got out and about, graduated from college and joined the ranks of the feminist movement, though, that changed. The area to which I moved (and have spent the rest of my life so far) boasts stops on the ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
More like 3.5 stars. This is a hard review to write, because there’s a lot to like about this obviously well-researched, ably-written book about a woman who deserves to have more attention paid to her story. (In fact, I finished this book at the very moment I received a push notification saying that the Harriet Tubman $20 bill would not be in circulation for several years—if ever.) While it references Harriet Tubman’s more famous work freeing slaves through the “Underground Railroad,” The Tubman ...more
Mary S. R.
ARC received through NetGalley for an honest review. Many thanks to the publisher, Arcade!

It’s May 1863. Outgeneraled and outgunned, a demoralized Union Army has pulled back with massive losses at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Fort Sumter, hated symbol of the Rebellion, taunts the American navy with its artillery and underwater mines.

In Beaufort, South Carolina, one very special woman, code named Moses, is hatching a spectacular plan. Hunted by Confederates, revered by slaves, Harriet Tubman
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Bookish First and the publisher for kindly providing me with an ARC... sorry it took me forever to get around to reviewing.

So, I have to say, this book is a little out of my usual comfort zone when it comes to the kind of books that I normally read. I'm not usually very interested in historical fiction, like at all. But I decided to give this one a chance after reading a sample chapter because the writing was so lyrical and just kept me entranced and interested.

However, once I actually
Carol Scheherazade
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need to start by saying Harriet was always a hero to me. Growing up in auburn, I'd heard about her from my grandmother, who remembered her riding around town on her bicycle and then later,learning about her in school. She was always this sort of cardboard hero I never really imagined a living,breathing woman. Now I can. This was such wonderfully vivid book for me. Now my memories mixed together with this story I can truly integrate the fact that she WAS a real life person. Strange. I ...more
Nicole R
I first learned that Harriet Tubman was a badass from the show Timeless (RIP one of my favorite shows of all time!). I remember being taught that Harriet Tubman was a guide on the Underground Railroad who helped lead slaves to freedom during the Civil War, but no one ever taught us that she was a commander in the Union Army and led a team of black scouts as they went back and forth from free northern territory to slave plantations. That she gave speeches in northern cities, strategized with ...more
Dawn Michelle
I read a previous book by Elizabeth Cobbs [The Hamilton Affair] and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and learned quite a bit about both Alexander Hamilton and his amazing wife Elizabeth Schuyler [enough that it has made me seek out nonfiction books on the man and his life], so when I saw that she had a new book out on Harriet Tubman [whom I know little about], I was excited to read it. I was not disappointed at all.

The research that must go into writing a book of historical fiction must be insane - to
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of Ms. Cobb’s book through BookishFirst. This is an excellent book about an aspect of Harriet Tubman’s life I was not familiar with. I was aware of Tubman’s work with the Underground Railroad but not with her role as a spy for the Union troops. The way Elizabeth Cobbs wrote about Harriet really made her come alive to me as not only a heroic lady but a very human one. This is evidenced in her relationships to other characters in the book and her own words of frustrations and doubts ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could! “The Tubman Command” had all the elements of great historical fiction. It had a captivating story, the history was well researched and it was all brought to life with the author’s imagination! The book focuses on Harriet Tubman’s involvement with the Union Army in gathering military intelligence during the Civil War. While many are familiar with her work on the Underground Railroad, I suspect few knew she commanded a troop of African American Scouts ...more
Joan Happel
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While many of us are familiar with Harriet Tubman aka Moses and her many trips South to free slaves, The Tubman Command tells the little known and fascinating chapter of this heroic woman and her work during the Civil War. Harriet was a scout and spy who commanded a group of black soldiers for the Union Army. Under the direction of Union General David Hunter, Harriet helped plan and carry out the 1863 Combahee Ferry raid; a raid that attacked Southern plantations, burning rice fields and freeing ...more
Angie Boyter
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
“Liberty or death. And I made my choice.”
The year is 1863, and a black woman who escaped from slavery is responsible for masterminding a plan for Union soldiers, most of them “colored” troops, to invade several plantations along the Combahee River in South Carolina to wreak havoc, demoralize the locals, and free hundreds of slaves, many of whom can be recruited to increase the power of the Union army in the future. Sounds like great fiction, but this is history. Historian Elizabeth Cobbs’
Elena L.
"The Tubman Command" takes place in South Carolina, May 1863. It centers around Harriet Tubman, commander, military strategist and survivor who guided several men to freedom.

I learned quite a lot about Harriet - her higher spirit and remarkable courage is definitely inspiring and hopeful. All her acts and "success" were at the cost of her sacrifices about home and husband. Cobbs describes well her loneliness and isolation, in addition to the prejudice suffered by being a strong woman's voice
I was excited to see The Tubman Command: A Novelabout Harriet Tubman, as I find her such an interesting historical character and hope to see her face on the $20 bill. This is a novelization of Tubman's life during the civil war and was written and researched by noted historian Elizabeth Cobbs.

Harriet Tubman or Moses as she was often called was the first woman to lead an armed assault in the Civil War and this is the story about it. It was indeed an exciting and daring mission.

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Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I enjoy historical fiction, especially when, as this did, it recounts events with which I was unfamiliar. The author brought the people and the times to life, and I found myself indignant on Harriet's behalf at the lack of respect and lack of human dignity with which she was often treated.

I appreciated that the author's note revealed how some parts of the novel (such as Kizzy's storyline), were inspired by small details from the historical record. I do wish there had been more information on
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This well-researched novel gives us a brand new tale about a petite woman who left some giant steps in our history. I knew about her work on the Underground Railroad, but did not know of additional ways she is thought to have contributed to freeing slaves during the war. The raid that takes place to free slaves from the plantations on the Combahee River took meticulous planning and bravery. It brings tears to my eyes to imagine the flood of humanity pouring onto the riverbank to find shelter on ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed getting to know "Moses" Harriett Tubman in a way we've never seen her.
She's an incredible woman whose bravery and strength I admire. Those who came across her I considered blessed. I wish I could've met her and I will someday in heaven.
The only thing I didn't like was the cussing and sex scenes so I pretty much skipped those. I thought the story could've been told without all that. I think if it was a paperback i wouldn't have finishe reading it.
For the most part it was well written
Kris Favreau
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For readers and fans of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad, The Tubman Command is a fascinating piece of historical fiction that is both inspiring and informative. Though it might veer quite far from the real story, It was really interesting to read a narrative that imagines Harriet Tubman in an entirely new context.
Elizabeth Cobbs' prose style flows and keeps one engaged while reading, in a really deft way. I was pleasantly surprised how much of a page turner it was, It kept me
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cobbs has hit this one out of the park, bringing Harriet Tubman to life through historical fiction in a way I've not read before. Each chapter begins with quotes taken from actual documentation of the time, from freed people, Army men, missionaries, etc. Although she takes a lot of license with the personal details, as Ms. Tubman could neither read nor write and didn't keep a diary, the historical events in the book, such as an even of thievery, and a rescue mission of more than 700 slaves on ...more
Mel Raschke
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt and compelling story about a great American hero.
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great story about Harriet Tubman and one of her activities during the Civil War. Gives you a little bit of the history of Harriet Tubman where she was before the Civil War and where she was after the Civil War.
Heather Bennett
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Combs has written a fantastic book that has brought Harriet Tubman to life. This is a wonderful historical fiction mixed with facts, and the descriptions of the time period are spot on.
Jen Juenke
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. I will be honest and say that at first the Gullah dialect threw me and I did not want to continue to read. But I stayed the course and I am so happy that I did.
I did not know about this part of Harriet Tubman's history, her scouting for the Union army during the civil war.
I learned so much and my admiration for her grew beyond imagination.
She is such a powerful woman, a woman who had feelings and tried her best to free all of the slaves.
I absolutely loved that
The Tubman Command is a novel based on true events in 1863. Many people probably are aware of Harriet Tubman's work on the underground railroad. However, I was unaware of her work as a scout and spy on the islands off S. Carolina. Also on the island are two colored regiments the first of their kind. S. Carolina is still under control of the Confederates and the troops on the islands have been unsuccessful in pushing them back.

The band of accounts under Ms Tubman's command learn that the
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading historical fiction and enjoy it even more when I learn something new. I had always read about Harriet Tubman being involved with the Underground Railroad and helping many slaves to freedom. I never knew about her working behind enemy lines in the South to help the North win the Civil War. Her code name was Moses and she worked with the Union Army despite the sexism and racism that was shown to her. She worked with them to lead a group of free black scouts to raid a plantation in ...more
Set in 1863, The Tubman Command chronicles Harriet Tubman's adventures as a runaway slave who first joins the Underground Railroad and then later becomes a spy for the Union Army, freeing hundreds and hundreds of slaves during plantation raids.

"You always got an ansah. Dat must be why folk listen." - Septima about Harriet

Since there isn't very much recorded information about Harriet, much of this account is speculation on the author's part after in-depth research and piecing together various
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that as a child I was completely in awe of Harriet Tubman. She was strong, and brave, and had such faith. She stood up for what was right and I loved her.
And perhaps because of my childhood love I cannot rate this book highly. The love story involved just doesn't feel like the Harriet that I felt I knew from biographies.
I'm not saying it's impossible for Harriet to have had love interests and relationships, because she had two husbands! I'm saying I think her sense of right and
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