Podcast: Robert Smalls - Civil War Hero
I had never heard of Robert Smalls before I listened to this interesting podcast. Here's a bit of what Wikipedia says about him:
Robert Smalls (April 5, 1839 – February 23, 1915) was an American politician, publisher, and businessman. Born into slavery in Beaufort, South Carolina, he freed himself, his crew, and their families during the American Civil War by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor, on May 13, 1862, and sailing it from Confederate-controlled waters of the harbor to the U.S. blockade that surrounded it. He then piloted the ship to the Union-controlled enclave in Beaufort-Port Royal-Hilton Head area, where it became a Union warship. His example and persuasion helped convince President Abraham Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the Union Army.
Listen to this story of a brave patriot. HIs great-great-grandson tells the story!
Episode 142: Robert Smalls