The Tubman Command

A Novel

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By the bestselling author of The Hamilton Affair, the Tubman Command is 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, 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 plots an expedition behind enemy lines to liberate hundreds of bondsmen and recruit them as soldiers. A bounty on her head, she has given up husband and home for the noblest cause: a nation of, by, and for the people.

The Tubman Command tells the story of Tubman at the height of her powers, when she devises the largest plantation raid of the Civil War. General David Hunter places her in charge of a team of black scouts even though skeptical of what one woman can accomplish. For her gamble to succeed, “Moses” must outwit alligators, overseers, slave catchers, sharpshooters, and even hostile Union soldiers to lead gunships up the Combahee River. Men stand in her way at every turn--though one reminds her that love shouldn’t have to be the price of freedom.

About The Author

Elizabeth Cobbs is a historian, New York Times bestselling novelist, and documentary filmmaker. She is the author of four books on American history and a winner of the Allan Nevins Prize. Her novel Broken Promises: A Novel of the Civil War won the San Diego Book Award.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Arcade (May 2019)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781948924344

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Raves and Reviews

In Praise of: The Hamilton Affair:

Anentertaining, well-told tale.”—Cokie Roberts, author of Ladies of Liberty

Cobbs’s depiction of Hamilton will shed light on one of the most misunderstood figures in American history and the woman who shared his life.” —Publishers Weekly

A juicy answer to Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton...”—Cosmopolitan

Cobbs’ meticulous account holds its own—even without catchy tunes.”—Kirkus Reviews

Elizabeth Cobbs has now written the Hamilton novel that immediately leaps to the top of the list.”—Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers

The Hamilton Affair is a captivating historical novel from cover to cover… all but impossible to put down.”—Midwest Book Review

Think of it as a terrific--and must--companion to all things Hamilton.”—Jim Lehrer

Arichly detailed and entertaining novel.”—Kurt Anderson, author of True Believers

Cobbs paints a portrait of a love so deep it was able to survive betrayal and a devastatingly public scandal.”—Booklist (Starred review)

“If you think you know all about Harriet Tubman, think again—this novel brings her alive as only fiction can. Elizabeth Cobbs, with a historian's grasp of truth, spins a gripping tale of romance, wartime spies, and daring escapes.  The story of Harriet Tubman's leadership of an expedition of black troops behind enemy lines, The Tubman Command illuminates the unfathomable bravery of people fighting for liberty and the birth of a better nation, with Harriet as a powerful commander and a beacon of hope. She emerges from these pages as a brilliant strategist, master of psychology, and a fully-rounded woman whose legendary heroism has made her a cherished American icon.” 
—Kate Manning, author, My Notorious Life
 

– Kate Manning

In Praise of The Hamilton Affair:

Anentertaining, well-told tale.”—Cokie Roberts, author of Ladies of Liberty

Cobbs’s depiction of Hamilton will shed light on one of the most misunderstood figures in American history and the woman who shared his life.” —Publishers Weekly

A juicy answer to Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton...”—Cosmopolitan

Cobbs’ meticulous account holds its own—even without catchy tunes.”—Kirkus Reviews

Elizabeth Cobbs has now written the Hamilton novel that immediately leaps to the top of the list.”—Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers

The Hamilton Affair is a captivating historical novel from cover to cover… all but impossible to put down.”—Midwest Book Review

Think of it as a terrific--and must--companion to all things Hamilton.”—Jim Lehrer

Arichly detailed and entertaining novel.”—Kurt Anderson, author of True Believers

Cobbs paints a portrait of a love so deep it was able to survive betrayal and a devastatingly public scandal.”—Booklist (Starred review)

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