Robert Scott Smalls

Robert Scott Smalls

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Death 22 Feb 1915 (aged 75)
Burial Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 7181274 · View Source
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US Congressman, Civil War hero. Born a slave in South Carolina, he engineered a daring escape and delivered a Confederate transport steamer to Union forces. When delivering “The Planter” to the commanding officer of the Union fleet, he said that the ship was intended as a gift given by black Americans to the cause of freedom. He was hailed in Washington DC as a hero and was awarded for his valor. The US Navy made him a captain and he was given command of the “Planter”. After the war he returned to South Carolina where he entered politics. He served in the state Senate before being elected to the US Congress in 1875. He served in that office for five terms. After leaving Congress, he moved back to his hometown of Beaufort where he became a duty collector for the port, publisher of a newspaper and served in South Carolina military as a major general.

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  • Added: 13 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7181274
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Scott Smalls (5 Apr 1839–22 Feb 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7181274, citing Tabernacle Baptist Church Cemetery, Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .