At some point in the 1890s it is reported that she underwent brain surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. It is believed that she received no anesthesia for the procedure at her request, but instead bit on a bullet similar to the Civil War injured.
When the American Civil War began, she served in the Union Army first as a cook and then as a nurse. After the Civil War she retired to her home in Albany, New York where she cared for her aging parents.
Tubman died in 1913 from pneunomia at the home that she helped build for elderly African - Americans. To those who were present she stated, "I go to prepare a place for you." . She died penniless, and was unable to receive her pension from the government for her service. After her death is when she became an American icon.
David Pattersons stated before his inaguaration for governor in the state of NewYork, "Harriet Tubman had the talent to escape her bondage, but she went back into the South over forty times to save her brothers and sisters from slavery, her strategy still studied at West Point Academy today."
We all have a purpose.
Summarized by Jeanelle Brown
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