May 12, 1862: Robert Smalls’ Midnight Run

On this day in Black history, future South Carolina politician and naval captain Robert Smalls escape slavery with the CSS The Planter in 1862.   BACKGROUND Robert Smalls was a slave born in Beaufort, South Carolina in 1839. He worked around shipyards since he was a teenager and was very familiar with ships. Smalls’ time around […]

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