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Robert Smalls

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 19, 2016
1. Robert Smalls Marker
Inscription. Robert Smalls was born into slavery on April 5, 1839, in Beaufort, South Carolina. In 1851, he was sent to work in Charleston to earn money for his owner. At the age of 23, he was a crewman on the steamer Planter, an armed transport in service to the Confederate defenders of Charleston. On May 13, 1862, Smalls, with a crew of other enslaved men, embarked on a daring dash for freedom. Before dawn, without alerting the guards, he piloted the Planter from Southern Wharf to North Atlantic Wharf, near this spot, picked up his family and guided the vessel past the harbor defenses to the Union ships blockading Charleston harbor. This heroic act of bravery made him a national hero and contributed to the Union war effort. Following the Civil War, Smalls was elected to both houses of the South Carolina Legislature and then served five terms in the United States House of Representatives. He ended his long life of public service as Collector of Customs at Beaufort, where he died on February 23, 1915, and where he is buried.
 
Erected 2012 by City of Charleston.
 
Location. 32° 46.675′ N, 79° 55.527′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of
Robert Smalls Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 19, 2016
2. Robert Smalls Marker
Vendue Range and Concord Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Waterfront Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Vendue Range, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charleston Harbor (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elizabeth Timothy (about 500 feet away); Lee Cohen Harby (about 500 feet away); Farmers and Exchange Bank (about 500 feet away); The Old Exchange (about 600 feet away); Convention on Ratification (about 600 feet away); As Old as Charleston (about 700 feet away); The Tavern (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
Categories. African AmericansPoliticsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 21, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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