Not Gabriel, Still "Gabriel"
The image most associated with Gabriel is not Gabriel, but is of an unnamed man who self-emancipated in order to join the Union Army. From a website called sonfothesouth.net a digitized archive of most of the issues of Harper's Weekly can be viewed and downloaded as PDFs. In this archive are the following two images of the man - before enlistment and after. These are the same images I saw a few years ago at the African American Civil War Museum in Washington DC. This man's story deserves understanding - if not his individual story, certainly the stories of those like him. Harper's Weekly was a pro-union paper and the advocacy for the rights of Africans to seeking freedom in this text is one reflection on this perspective.