The Slave Who Stole A Confederate Ship And Sailed His Way to Freedom

Robert Smalls commandeered a ship, freed dozens of other slaves, and convinced President Lincoln to allow black men to serve in the Union Army.

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  • The gunboat CSS Planter.

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  • Robert Smalls circa 1862. 

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  • A map of African-American involvement in the Civil War including Robert Smalls's liberation of the Planter.

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