Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Former slave named to S.C. Hall of Fame

Almost 150 years after his daring takeover of a Confederate steamship, Civil War hero and Beaufort native Robert Smalls will be inducted into the S.C. Hall of Fame, the organization's board of trustees has announced.

At the start of the Civil War, Smalls was a pilot on the Confederate steamship CSS Planter. On the morning of May 13, 1862, Smalls led the takeover of the ship by its slave crew, sailed past the harbor's formidable defenses and surrendered the vessel to the Union fleet. • Article

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