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Robert Smalls

 
 
Robert Smalls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Robert Smalls Marker
Inscription. Born a slave in 1839, Robert Smalls lived to serve as a Congressman of the United States. In 1862 he commandeered and delivered to Union forces the Confederate gunboat Planter, on which he was a crewman. His career as a freedman included service as a delegate to the 1868 and 1895 State Constitutional Conventions, election to the SC House and Senate and nine years in Congress. He died in 1915 and is buried here.
 
Erected 1980 by Beaufort County Council. (Marker Number 7-14.)
 
Location. 32° 25.959′ N, 80° 40.34′ W. Marker is in Beaufort, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is at the intersection of Craven Street and Charles Street when traveling east on Craven Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 911 Craven Street, Beaufort SC 29902, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tabernacle Baptist Church (here, next to this marker); Beaufort Female Benevolent Society (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beaufort Arsenal (about 600 feet away); Dr. Henry Woodward, Surgeon 1646-1686 (about 600 feet away); Verdier House
Robert Smalls Memorial and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 22, 2009
2. Robert Smalls Memorial and Marker
(about 800 feet away); The Baptist Church of Beaufort (about 800 feet away); Maxcy - Rhett House / "Secession House" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beaufort County South Carolina (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Beaufort.
 
Regarding Robert Smalls. Smalls made his daring escape. He piloted the ship past the five Confederate forts which guarded the harbor, including Fort Sumter.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Tabernacle Baptist Church and Steamship Planter
 
Also see . . .
1. Robert Smalls. In the fall of 1861, Smalls was made helmsman of the "Planter", an armed Confederate military transport. (Submitted on March 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Steamship Planter. Confederate Army transport Planter (1861-62), from U.S. Naval History Center. (Submitted on March 1, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansHeroesPoliticsWar, US Civil
 
Robert Smalls Marker, upgraded to present day Black on Silver image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 13, 2010
3. Robert Smalls Marker, upgraded to present day Black on Silver
Smalls Grave site at Tabernacle Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
4. Smalls Grave site at Tabernacle Baptist Church
Robert Smalls image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
5. Robert Smalls
Robert Smalls Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
6. Robert Smalls Memorial
Robert Smalls " My race needs no special defence, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be the equal of any people antwhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life." Robert Smalls. Nov. 1, 1895
ROBERT SMALLS Marker...32 years ago this day image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 21, 2008
7. ROBERT SMALLS Marker...32 years ago this day
Memorial To Robert Smalls
was commissioned by Beaufort County Council
Unveiled 2-21-76
Marion Talmage Ethredge, Artist
Close up of Robert Smalls Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 22, 2009
8. Close up of Robert Smalls Memorial
Steamer "Planter" image. Click for full size.
Naval Historical Center
9. Steamer "Planter"
U.S. Army Vessel <i>MG Robert Smalls</i> (LSV-8) with bow ramp extended image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 15, 2007
10. U.S. Army Vessel MG Robert Smalls (LSV-8) with bow ramp extended
named in honor of Robert Smalls (Civil War hero, rights activist, Congressional Representative, and major general in the South Carolina Militia), the ship is the U.S. Army's largest water vessel, commissioned 15 September 2007 in Baltimore, MD.
<i>MG Robert Smalls</i> (stern view) in Batltimore's Inner Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 15, 2007
11. MG Robert Smalls (stern view) in Batltimore's Inner Harbor
<i>MG Robert Smalls</i> commissinoning ceremony, 15 Sep 2007 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 15, 2007
12. MG Robert Smalls commissinoning ceremony, 15 Sep 2007
Dignitaries on dais include Congressmen Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and James Clyburn (D-SC, House Majority Whip) - left-center; and Kitt Alexander (long-time promoter of the Smalls commemoration) - 2nd from right.
 
 
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