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Robert Smalls Biography

Robert Smalls Aboard the Planter

  • An African Ameican Confederate Sailor - how the Beaufort slave hijacked a Confederate steamship, disguised himself as a white captain, and sailed to Union safety

  • Don't give up! - November, 1863 - how Smalls, now a pilot for the US Navy, urged his shipmates to continue fighting even as their captain prepared to surrender ... they won the battle, the old captain was dismissed, and Smalls took over as leader

  • The adventures continue - read about the rest of Smalls' life, including how he became a celebrity and a politician, was sentenced to jail for accepting a bribe, received a pardon, and went back to Beaufort to retire in his old master's house

  • UPDATE: Confederate Ship Hijacked by a Slave Found Off SC Coast - read The Washington Post 2014 article about the discovery off the coast of Cape Romain of the ship that sunk in 1876

Image courtesy of Library of Congress

More about Robert Smalls

  • Election Methods in the South - an article written by Smalls explaining why elections in South Carolina after 1874 were a "series of murders, outrages, perjury and fraud"

Robert Smalls Statue, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Robert Smalls Grave
© Ester Fogle

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